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Tuesday, April 29
 

6:30pm

Styx Live: The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight
Limited Capacity seats available

THE EARS organization is pleased to team up with Columbia College Chicago and Chicago Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) in a showing of the 2011 movie, STYX LIVE: The GRAND ILLUSION/PIECES OF EIGHT. This concert film highlights a Live performance of 2 of the Chicago group’s groundbreaking platinum albums that helped define a musical landscape for an entire generation! Filmed at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN, this epic performance features hits including Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Fooling Yourself, and Come Sail Away, as well as three songs never before performed in public. We can say that this is one of the best concert films ever made- absolutely technically superb.

Speakers
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Danny Leake

Danny has 30+ years experience as a Live Sound Engineer and is the main sound designer and FOH for Stevie Wonder. Other artists include Aretha Franklin, Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, TLC and many others. He is the veteran of at least 26 World Tours. Danny has engineered many of the biggest events in the world including Outside Lands Festival (San Francisco), The Isle of Wight "Bestival" (UK), Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Buckingham... Read More →


Tuesday April 29, 2014 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Film Row Cinema 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
 
Wednesday, April 30
 

7:00pm

CIMMfest No. 6 Kick Off Party: Davina & The Vagabonds I Windy City Soul Club
Limited Capacity seats available

Davina and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows and commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time.

 

Opening act Windy City Soul Club boasts the "best rare soul collectors/deejays in Chicago come together to create the best party this city has ever seen," and if you're inclined to think real deejays need only a box full of vinyl, you'll likely agree. From Popcorn & R&B to Modern Soul WCSC deejays have it covered.

FREE  


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Wednesday April 30, 2014 7:00pm - Thursday May 1, 2014 12:00am
Double Door

7:30pm

Revenge of the Mekons
Limited Capacity seats available

Emerging at the beginning of the UK punk scene, the Mekons are “the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ’n’ roll,” according to Lester Bangs. Evolving from anti-Thatcher rabble-rousers to alt-country pioneers, the band has consistently earned rave critical reviews, rabid fandom, and less-than-satisfactory album sales. Joe Angio’s lively, behind-the-scenes film chronicles the band’s continuing commitment to each other and the values that brought them together. “An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band.” – Slant Magazine


Wednesday April 30, 2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Lincoln Hall 350 5th Ave New York, NY 10018 USA
 
Thursday, May 1
 

6:00pm

Celebrate the Songs of Boyce & Hart w/Candy Store Prophets (feat. members of Hushdrops & Chamber Strings)
Limited Capacity seats available

This collective has the chops & knowledge to get you singing along to the songs from this
amazing songwriting duo before the film.


Thursday May 1, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Logan Thtr. Lounge

6:30pm

Califone live scores Pat O'Neill's 'Water&Power' I Grandkids
Limited Capacity seats available

At the center of Pat O'Neill's Water and Power (Winner, Sundance Jury Prize, 1990), is the Los Angeles basin seen through its  relationship to water.   Through striking imagery, superimposed text, and optical printing work, the film is a ghostly, surrealistic composition, revealing  the complex and mysterious bond between civilization and nature.  Califone is an experimental indie folk band born in Chicago and currently residing in Los Angeles.  They've released 12 records and their latest, Stitches, was released in September on Dead Oceans  This world premiere live scoring collaboration was born out of the friendship between Califone frontman Tim Rutilli and director Pat O'Neill and is guaranteed to be one of the most intense, immersive experiences at the festival.


Thursday May 1, 2014 6:30pm - 11:30pm
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

7:00pm

Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote 'Em
Limited Capacity seats available

Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart were best known for writing some of the Monkees’ most popular hits, but that’s really only the beginning. From overnight success to devastating failure to unlikely political crusaders, their story is an extraordinary tale of rock ‘n’ roll meets Hollywood in the turbulent 1960s. Skipping the usual talking heads and using their own movies, photos, and personal archives instead, this is a bold, original film that lets the guys who wrote ’em tell their own story.

Q & A with Rachel Lichtman and Bobby Hart

Come early to enjoy a set of Boyce & Hart songs performed by Candy Store Prophets in the Lounge before the screening. 


Thursday May 1, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Logan Theatre

7:00pm

We Grew Up Here
Limited Capacity full

A musician who is struggling to cope with his split from his lover and muse begins to suspect that his past is being erased in this unnerving film starring members of Chicago band Paper Thick Walls. As songs Liam and Lauren recorded together disappear from tapes and mutual friends deny that they know him, Liam hits the road on a desperate journey to prove to himself and everyone else that he’s not insane—that the life that they built together, and that he threw away, was real.
Q & A with Kevin Pickman and members of Paper Thick Walls

Playing With:
Music Video by Handsome Family - Octopus
Katie Kapuza / 4 min
Through hand-drawn animation and rotoscoping, the Handsome Family teaches us about that most misunderstood of sea creatures—the giant octopus.

 


Thursday May 1, 2014 7:00pm - 9:05pm
Society for Arts

7:00pm

The Bridge
Limited Capacity seats available

The Bridge is an ambitious cross-cultural project, half based in Chicago and half in France, that allows jazz and improvising musicians the opportunity to travel overseas to collaborate on special one-off performances. This special event includes Rob Mazurek, Mwata Bowden and Matt Lux from Chicago and Matthieu Sourisseau and Julien Desprez from France.


Thursday May 1, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Comfort Station

7:00pm

Tall Walker I Mighty Fox I North By North| Battle of the Bands Winner
Limited Capacity seats available

Tall walker, a pragmatic pop and rock friendly trio representing Chicago, entices crowds everywhere with their solid delivery and musing lyrics. Mighty Fox may be up and coming but they are compiled of members who are well-educated in the music industry. Coming from bands like 1994 and I Fight Dragons they convey a euphoric, well rounded sound. Both North By North and their sound have been meticulously crafted over the past 3 years to feature the juxtaposition of infectious melodies, haunting lyrics and bombastic live instrumentation, all of which have been lauded by audiences and critics throughout their home-base of Chicago.


Thursday May 1, 2014 7:00pm - Friday May 2, 2014 1:00am
Subterranean 2011 W North Ave

7:15pm

Butterfly Girl
Limited Capacity seats available

Doctors gave Abbie Evans a week to live when she was born, but this beautiful, moody, rebellious teenage girl isn’t one to listen when people tell her what to do. She sells merchandise at her rocker dad’s concerts, flirting with customers and enjoying life on the road. She also has to undergo painful daily treatments to keep her alive. As she approaches adulthood and wants to spread her wings, her devoted parents struggle to let go. “Opts for a celebration of life over a fear of death to ultimately devastating effect.” – Variety
Q & A with Cary Bell, John Evans

Plays with: 
Chicago Premiere Short Documentary, Like a Breath (Comme une respiration) 
Jaelle Marquis-Gobeille / Canada / 5 min.

A wordless portrait of Amelie, a contemporary dancer preparing for her first professional dance show while dealing with the everyday struggles of living with cystic fibrosis and diabetes.

Co-Presented with Boxx Magazine and Women in Film




Thursday May 1, 2014 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

8:00pm

"Celebrate the sounds Joe Meek w/Gaspra (feat. members of Magical, Beautiful / Herculaneum / Mucca Pazza) "
Gaspra is an instrumental electronic psych duo featuring Nick Broste & Tyson Torstensen who has paid homage to Mr. Meek before by naming his record label
I Hear A New World.

Thursday May 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Logan Thtr. Lounge

8:00pm

Sci-Fidelity Night: Bobby Conn I Univore I Byzantine Time Machine I Time Crash
Limited Capacity seats available

Travelers of time and space are hereby called upon to congregate in singularity for an evening of film and music celebrating all things sci-fi! The roll of our 20-sided dice is instructing you to teleport to The Hideout for the Martian funk of Bobby Conn, the multidimensional multimedia of Byzantine Time Machine, the Dr. Who inspired pop of Time Crash and an original CIMMfest exclusive Sci-Fi short from Univore. Univore, the absurdly creative media production duo of David Bachmann and Nicholas Flandro, are responsible for the viral “Champagne Taste” video and other absurdist original music, video, and written masterpieces composed on Chicago’s West Side. CIMMfest is ecstatic to premiere an original short film by the mysterious artists for the second straight year. This year we have “Specimen 318” about a fungal botanist who's been sent by the Celestial Medicine Corporation to a distant star system to find spore proteins capable of reigniting human procreation in the wake of an enormous environmental catastrophe.


Thursday May 1, 2014 8:00pm - Friday May 2, 2014 1:00am
Hideout 1354 W Wabansia

8:00pm

Wrekmeister Harmonies live score: 'Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages' I Verma I Dark Fog
Limited Capacity seats available

Wrekmeister Harmonies, the brainchild of sound artist and filmmaker JR Robinson, has been animate since 2006. This experimental sound installation, with its beautiful and dusky visuals intermingled with ambient composition, is a fabricated experience that can only be described as beautiful and haunting. This special festival performance is accompanied by the film "Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages,” a 1922 Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Verma is bent equally on bristling psychedelic squall and driving motorik that constructs and explores cinematic sonic landscapes, rooted in the dark and hypnotic. Dark Fog opens with intense, guitar-driven crunch sublimates into reverb-drenched ruminations as this duo blends garage, space rock, shoegaze, and psych.


Thursday May 1, 2014 8:00pm - Friday May 2, 2014 1:00am
Double Door

8:30pm

CIMMfest & Silver Wrapper Present: Yo La Tengo / Phil Cohran
Limited Capacity seats available

The quintessential critics' band, Yo La Tengo – singer/guitarist Ira Kaplan, his wife drummer/vocalist Georgia Hubley, and bassist James McNew – explore the extremes of feedback-driven noise rock and sweetly melodic pop, shading their work with equal parts scholarly composure and fannish enthusiasm. Prolific and mercurial, they have ultimately transcended their myriad influences to ensconce themselves as a beloved institution of the indie community.

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Thursday May 1, 2014 8:30pm - Friday May 2, 2014 1:00am
The Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee

9:00pm

Chicago Mixtape Showcase: Chicago Mixtape Showcase: Wild Jesus & the Devil's Lettuce / J+J+J / Cousin Dud
Limited Capacity seats available

The Chicago Mixtape is an invaluable service that offers a free compilation of the best original Chicago music happening in town each week. Recently celebrating its third anniversary, the Mixtape has solidified its position as an institution prized by fans and bands alike.


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:00pm - Friday May 2, 2014 1:00am
Burlington

9:15pm

Shorts Program: Musical Generations
Limited Capacity seats available

Four films about music and memories passing from parent to child.

USA Premiere 
Koentopp
Short Documentary / Paul Hamilton, Caleb Vinson / USA / 45 min.
Koentopp follows master luthier Dan Koentopp through the construction of one of his gorgeous guitars, and the emotional life story that has made him what he is today.Q&A with directors.

Chicago Premiere 
Battle of the Jazz Guitarist
Short Documentary / Mark Columbus / USA / 8 min.
A young filmmaker begins to understand what his father, "the Jimi Hendrix of the Fiji Islands,” gave up for his family.

Chicago Premiere 
The Final Note
Short Documentary / Mayeta Clark / USA / 16 min.
This portrait of a Bronx warehouse cluttered with pianos and the eccentric characters who restore them presents the decline of a once-majestic instrument and the high craft of piano restoration.

Chicago Premiere
Grand Canal
Short Fiction / Johnny Ma / USA, Canada / 19 min.
A boat captain who loves Chinese ballads tries to collect a debt to save his fleet of boats, as remembered by his ten-year-old son.



Thursday May 1, 2014 9:15pm - 11:15pm
Society for Arts

9:15pm

A Life in the Death of Joe Meek
Limited Capacity seats available

He was a brilliant pop craftsman, a veritable magician in the studio, and one of the most important record producers of all time. He was also a paranoiac, drug addict, and closeted homosexual who died by his own hand at the age of 37. A Life in the Death of Joe Meek explores the enigma of the musical genius who couldn’t play an instrument, the producer who discovered Jimmy Page but passed on the Beatles (“just another bunch of noise”), and the DIY pioneer who invented the modern recording studio.
Q & A with Susan Stahman and Howard S. Berger 


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:15pm - Friday May 2, 2014 12:00am
Logan Theatre

9:30pm

Vincent Moon Explores the Small Planet, First Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2011, the New York Times said, “Vincent Moon reinvented the music video.” They were talking about Moon’s “Take Away Shows,” improvised video shoots with musicians including Vampire Weekend, Yo La Tengo, REM, St. Vincent, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Tom Jones, Sufjan Stevens, Okkervil River, Jens Lekman, and Sigur Ros—videos that Moon then distributed for free. He’s also made tour documentaries for Arcade Fire, REM, Beirut, Mogwai, and The National. Since 2011, he’s been traveling the world creating his Petites Planètes (small planets) series, obsessively documenting music where he finds it, from traditional vocal groups in war-torn former Soviet republics to Brazilian pop stars on the roofs of Sao Paolo—and he distributes it all for free. He’s not just reinventing the music video, he’s reinventing how we learn about the world. Join him at CIMMfest, where he’ll present some of his latest work and talk passionately about how music truly unites humanity.
Q&A with Vincent Moon
This is the first of two improvised presentations of films he's been working on for the past four years. Each one will be different; check back for details about what each one might contain.
 


Thursday May 1, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee
 
Friday, May 2
 

6:30pm

Chicago is F***ing Awesome!
Limited Capacity seats available

Forget what I just said above, Chicago IS on the rise and has a million things going for it.
Musicians: Chicago has tons of venues and festivals to play; great studios and world class engineers.

Filmmakers: Locations, locations, locations from our ocean of a lake, rivers and woods to buildings old and new, you can shoot grand and not-so grand dwellings, 'burbs, farms, and everything in between. With over 200 theaters, Chicago is a breeding ground for great actors.
So take notice, world: Chicago is second-to-none and we are coming for your music and film business. We work harder, longer, and smarter than you, and we are done sending our best talent to work for your town.

Noted Chicago braggers and cursers John McNaughton, Bruce Sheridan, Martin Atkins and Gary Kuzminski head up this panel to tell you why you need to stay in Chicago, and be part of the next explosive wave of Chicago film and music.
We’ll even ask Rahm to moderate to up the f**k quotient, but he’ll probably say no…. or “F**k no!”

Moderators
Speakers
MA

Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors, his 30+ years in the music business spans across genres, borders and industries. | He was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc., and has contributed to Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He is the owner of Invisible Records and Mattress Factory Recording Studios (est. 1988). He... Read More →
JM

John McNaughton

John McNaughton is a Chicago-based filmmaker whose credits include Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Wild Things. He is a board member of the Director’s Guild of America and a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.
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Bruce Sheridan

Bruce Sheridan has been Chair of Cinema Art + Science since 2001 and is a leader in the move to redesign film and media education for the 21st century. He has 30 years experience directing, producing, and writing drama and documentary for the screen and teaches all of those disciplines. He won the 1999 New Zealand Best Drama Award for the tele-feature Lawless. In 2006 Kubuku Rides, a short film he produced with Tim Evans and Steppenwolf Films... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Logan Thtr. Lounge

7:00pm

Mary Shelley (Local H I ex-Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan I Matt Ulery’s Loom) live score: 'Battleship Potemkin'
Limited Capacity seats available

Mary Shelley is a powerhouse trio of seasoned veterans of the Chicago music scene. For this special fusion event, Scott Lucas, frontman of both The Married Men and Local H not to mention a new gig as film critic for the Chicagoist.com, rounded up beloved ex-The Smashing Pumpkin/Zwan drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, as well as jazz composer/wunderkind Matt Ulery of Matt Ulery's Loom. This collective, with its broad talent and mixed genre styles will make for an interesting vision and live score to Sergei Eisenstein's legendary 1925 Russian silent film "Battleship Potemkin.”


Friday May 2, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

7:00pm

DJ Paisley Babylon
Limited Capacity seats available

Paisley Babylon is Joe Wallace, who plays theremin, vintage keyboards, manipulates found sound and custom recorded ambiences/sound effects. Wallace is a longtime audio professional who has returned to the world of performance and studio recording in addition to his work in film, radio, television, and galleries.

Speakers
DP

DJ Paisley Babylon

Paisley Babylon is Joe Wallace, who plays theremin, vintage keyboards, manipulates found sound and custom recorded ambiences/sound effects. Wallace is a longtime audio professional who has returned to the world of performance and studio recording in addition to his work in film, radio, television, and galleries.



Friday May 2, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Comfort Station

7:00pm

Bayou Maharajah
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. John called James Booker “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced,” but you can remove most of those adjectives, leaving just “piano genius,” and it would still be accurate. Through never-before-seen concert footage and interviews with the people who knew and idolized him, Bayou Maharajah traces Booker’s tumultuous life from his beginning as a chart-topping child prodigy to his ending as a self-destructive eccentric, looking beneath the adjectives and illuminating both the tortured artist and the city that helped create him.

PLAYING WITH:
Music Video by Razorhouse - Dedicated Love
Mike Meier / USA / 4 min
From Chicago's Razorhouse, a dead-bird's-eye view of the dedication we can practice in service to our addictions.

Music Video by Tammydawn - Faded Love
Tamara Feldman / USA / 5 min
Using Tarot symbolism and subconscious imagery, a boy finds himself after the neglect of his mother and abusive father. With John Hawkes, Elliot Moore, David Yow, and Tamara Feldman.


Friday May 2, 2014 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Society for Arts

7:00pm

Brasslands
Limited Capacity seats available

As half a million trumpet fans descend on the tiny village of Guča, Serbia, for the world’s largest trumpet competition, historical and ethnic tensions still smolder beneath the surface of the small Balkan country. Brasslands follows three musical groups who seek the crown. The reigning champions represent generations of acclaimed Serbian musicians; a Romani group struggles against racism for the right to make a living from their music; and an unlikely American band must win over an audience that still resents America's role in the NATO bombings of two decades ago.
Q & A with Meerkat Media Collective (Adam Pogoff & one other person from Meerkat TBD) 


Friday May 2, 2014 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Logan Theatre

7:15pm

Led Zeppelin Played Here
Limited Capacity seats available

On the night of Richard Nixon’s inauguration in January 1969, in the middle of their first US tour, Led Zeppelin played in the gym of a Maryland youth center to a crowd of about fifty people—or did they? Jeff Krulik (Heavy Metal Parking Lot) investigates this urban legend, in the process illuminating the vagaries of human memory and the difficulty of documenting the disreputable history of rock ‘n’ roll in the years before Woodstock and rock docs.
Q & A with Jeff Krulik

PLAYING WITH:
PUP - "Reservoir"
Music Video / Chandler Levack, Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux / Canada / 4 min.
Toronto punk band PUP can't make it through one of their high-energy songs without a little help from their fans.
 


Friday May 2, 2014 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

8:00pm

Shorts Program: Winnipeg Film Group
Limited Capacity seats available

An entertaining and enlightening selection of films from our favorite Canadian city, Winnipeg, and its amazing home-grown film co-op. (Although two of the films are actually from Montreal.)

Chicago Premiere
Bome Gnomeski
Music Video / Curtis L. Wiebe, Marlon Wiebe / Canada / 3 min.
A cautionary tale about a little tree who gets more than he bargained for when he leaves the forest for the mean streets of the big city.

USA Premiere
Mahsa: Cantata for a Forbidden Voice in Four Movements
Short Documentary / Kiarash Anvari / Canada, Iran / 16 min.
In a country where public performances by women are forbidden, the internationally acclaimed Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat struggles to make her voice heard.

World Premiere
Polar Express
Music Video / Karen Asmundson, Gwen Trutnau / Canada / 5 min.
The carnival is back in town in this rockin', gender-bending music video about a young man's love affair with an amusement park ride.

Chicago Premiere
Seasick
Short Fiction / Eva Cvijanovic / Canada / 3 min.
Seasick is a animated, meditative exploration of one's love of the sea, set to a soundtrack of traditional Croatian music.

Empty
Short Documentary / Jackie Traverse / Canada / 5 min. 
Set to music by Little Hawk, this animated and starkly honest story is a daughter’s tribute to her estranged mother.

Bazen en Helden - "Le Dernier Soir"
Music Video / Kayla Jeanson / Canada / 6 min. 
A woman in a mask leads a group of children through an evening of fun and fantasy, crafting masks and projecting animated unicorns onto houses.

Goths! On the Bus!
Music Video / Karen & Jaimz Asmundson / Canada / 4 min. 
The winner of our 2012 Best Music Video is back, as depressed as ever. Even goths have to buy their black lipstick somewhere!



Friday May 2, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Comfort Station

8:00pm

From the Cutting Room Floor
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Friday May 2, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Logan Thtr. Lounge

8:00pm

The Chicago Blues Mamas: Mothers Day Tribute to Koko Taylor featuring Peaches Staten, Holly Thee Maxwell and Deitra Farr
Limited Capacity seats available

Chicago's Blues Mamas, Deitra Farr, Holle Thee Maxwell and Peaches Staten, three power houses of Chicago Blues take stage to pay tribute to the Blues Mother of them all and Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor. With her brash, forceful vocal style and her enthusiastic stage presence, Ms. Taylor made sure blues women of Chicago had a voice at the top of the list. She inspired, nurtured and mentored the next generation. The Chicago Blues Mamas keep the legend rolling with their own power, soul and grace. Proceeds to benefit the Koko Taylor Celebrity Aid Foundation


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Friday May 2, 2014 8:00pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00am
Rosa's Blues Lounge

8:30pm

Larry Ochs & Friends
Limited Capacity seats available

Larry Ochs - saxophones / Dave Rempis –saxophones / Jason Adasiewicz –
vibraphone / Tim Daisy – drums. Three of the smokingest players on the
Chicago Improv Scene join the venerable Bay Area instigator and innovator
Larry Ochs tonight, exploring the mystery and majesty of spontaneous music
and avant-jazz in anticipation of the other-worldly opus "Rova Channeling
Coltrane," featuring the concert film “Electric Ascension,” blowing your
way in a CIMMfest screening at 5 PM on Saturday.


Friday May 2, 2014 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Elastic Arts

8:30pm

Escort, Presented By Silver Wrapper & JBTV
Limited Capacity seats available

Escort, "Brooklyn's finest disco orchestra," was founded by producers Eugene Cho and Dan Balis, and is fronted by lead singer Adeline Michèle. Initially known for a series of critically-acclaimed 12"" singles, Escort is now just as well known for their uncompromising live performances. The New York Post and Time Out NYC both described Escort as the ""city's best live band,"" Pitchfork described their single ""All Through the Night"" as ""one of the best New York disco tracks since West End Records' early 1980s heyday."", and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears proclaims ""It’s the best disco music you’ve ever heard."" Also recognized for their remixes of artists including Tracey Thorn, Antena, and Feist.


Friday May 2, 2014 8:30pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00am
The Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee

9:00pm

Brasslands Afterparty featuring the Black Bear Combo
Limited Capacity seats available

Come celebrate the Chicago premiere of Brasslands with the Black Bear Combo, a four to six member brass/reed band. Their sound is a raucous mutt channeling the common energy between traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, punk rock, and free jazz. Since 2002 they've brought their sound to clubs, basements, festivals, weddings, funerals, the White House, parties and street corners across the country.

Make it a Serbian Night and seek the crown with the directors of Brasslands with an after party at Moe's! In the spirit of the Balkans, Black Bear Combo will bring a raucous performance channeling the common energy between traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, punk rock, and free jazz. Since 2002 they've brought their sound to clubs, basements, festivals, weddings, funerals, parties and street corners across the country.



Friday May 2, 2014 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Moe's Tavern 2937 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

9:00pm

A Minor Forest I Special Guests
Limited Capacity seats available

San Francisco math-rock trio A Minor Forest returns to the Empty Bottle for their first Chicago show in over 15 years. Noisy and cerebral and possessing the ability to stop, start and shift directions on a dime, A Minor Forest's dynamic, intricately crafted songs were played with a primal urgency that made for one hell of a roller coaster ride. Don't miss what could be your last chance to see this highly-influential band live.


Friday May 2, 2014 9:00pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00am
Empty Bottle

9:00pm

Chicago Singles Club Showcase: Panda Riot I Sexy Fights I Moritat
Limited Capacity seats available

Chicago Singles Club offers us a glimpse into what the future of the music industry should look like. This ambitious collective is an online record label that produces an original recording of two songs, a video interview, and a photoshoot every month with a different independent Chicago band, then given away for free. This specially curated evening will feature the dream pop of Panda Riot, the spacey synth sounds of Sexy Fights and the avant rock of Moritat.


Friday May 2, 2014 9:00pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00am
Burlington

9:00pm

CIMMfest Closed Sessions Showcase: Blu & Exile I Alex Wiley I ShowYouSuck I DJ Rude One I DJ RTC
Limited Capacity seats available

Closed Sessions is an independent Hip Hop label with deep roots in Chicago’s music scene started in 2009. Building a community and giving guidance to young artists starting their music careers, more than 50 artists have released records and documentaries via the label. The duo Blu & Exile consists of rapper Blu (Johnson Barnes) and hip-hop producer Exile (Aleksander Manfredi). Blu's flow is more thought provoking than bling related, as his content reflects the joy and pain of working class youth. Exile is a producer, DJ and occasional emcee, with a production style of “laid back soulful vibes”.

Closed Sessions Showcase feat performances by:
Blu & Exile
Alex Wiley
ShowYouSuck

Sounds by:
DJ Rude One
DJ RTC 



Friday May 2, 2014 9:00pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00am
Double Door

9:10pm

Metalhead
Limited Capacity seats available

When her metal-loving older brother dies in a tragic accident, teenage Hera takes refuge in the darkness and rebelliousness of heavy metal. Rebellious, misunderstood, and encased in black leather and death’s-head facepaint, she dreams of becoming a rock star and escaping the dreary life and boring marriage that seems to be her destiny. The arrival of a cool young priest who also worships Judas Priest seems to offer her a lifeline, but to paraphrase the immortal Rob Halford, she’s got another thing comin’.


Friday May 2, 2014 9:10pm - 10:45pm
Logan Theatre

9:15pm

I Dream of Wires
Limited Capacity seats available

The vintage revival scene of the 1990s has grown into a worldwide phenomenon as electronic musicians have begun to turn away from laptops to embrace the sound, physicality, and unpredictability of modular synthesizers. I Dream of Wires, co-written and produced by house music veteran Solvent, takes us along for an informative history of the modular synth and a look at the musicians who are part of its comeback, including Trent Reznor, Carl Craig, Vince Clarke of Erasure, and many more.
Q & A with director Robert Fantinatto

PLAYING WITH:

North American Premiere 
Short Documentary - Box of Sound
Chuck Przybyl / USA / 12 min.
Chicago-based circuit bender and musician Antoine Kattar turns a cigar box into a synthesizer in this film that lovingly documents every step of the process, from concept to music.



Friday May 2, 2014 9:15pm - 11:15pm
Society for Arts

9:25pm

Pleased to Meet Me
Limited Capacity seats available

Inspired by the wildly popular This American Life story “Everyone Speaks Elton John” by Starlee Kine and Jon Langford, Pleased to Meet Me tells the story of an aging rockstar who cobbles together a makeshift band from classified ads. Humor, drama, and great music unfold as the strangers collaborate for an eventful one-day-only recording session. Director Archie Borders leads an unbelievable cast consisting of X’s John Doe, Aimee Mann, Over the Rhine’s Karin Bergquist, and Grammy-winning singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright and Joe Henry.
Q&A with Archie Borders 

PLAYING WITH:

Music Video by Soul Square - One Time
Julien Martorell, Quentin Garabedian / France / 3 min
Walter is a dedicated music collector who stays committed to his passion throughout his life, until he receives his reward.



Friday May 2, 2014 9:25pm - 11:25pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

10:00pm

Tim Kinsella Sings the Songs of Marvin Tate w/Leroy Bach I Willis Earl Beal | the YEAH babies
Limited Capacity seats available

In an original collaboration, Tim Kinsella, Leroy Bach along with Melina Ausikaitis and Ben Boye uniquely perform the songs created for, and around prolific poet Marvin Tate's stories and melodies. Originally from Chicago, Willis Earl Beal is a mysterious, eccentric and soulful raw talent ie: the real deal. His animated short "Principles of a Protagonist" will be screened, as well as a deep listening performance art piece providing the audience with an exclusive release. In short: Willis Earl Beal is Nobody. His performance will not be a performance. The YEAH Babies are a quartet from Columbus, Ohio producing a compelling mix of trippy, quirky electronics and eccentric rhythms that are topped off with soulful vocals and melodies.



Friday May 2, 2014 10:00pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00am
Hideout 1354 W Wabansia

11:05pm

The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal
Limited Capacity seats available

Chicago’s metal gods Hessler hit the road to conquer the world one show at a time in this hard-hitting look at life in a rock band. Following some ruthless lineup changes, founder Igz Kinkaid thinks he has finally built the band of his dreams, but life on tour can be the ultimate dream-killer. The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal brings plenty of the blistering performances and backstage drama you’d expect, but its touching tale of the ultimate immigrant’s journey provides a surprising emotional counterpoint.
Q & A with Biliana Grozdanova, Marina Grozdanova, members of Hessler 


Friday May 2, 2014 11:05pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 1:15pm
Logan Theatre
 
Saturday, May 3
 

11:00am

Transmedia Storytelling and Brands – where media dollars are moving
Limited Capacity seats available

Now that social permeates everything, the most progressive brands are leveraging storytelling to expand their reach and engage consumers throughout the decision journey. Learn how leaders in brand storytelling engage marketers and content developers to produce a nearly constant stream of fresh, relevant and useful content while maintaining authenticity and staying nimble. This panel provides a roadmap for creating, building and producing highly successful brand stories for your clients.

Moderators
BG

Brian Gratch

Brian Gratch is one of the leading experts and thought leaders in the mobile business who works closely with ad agencies, media companies, brands and the cellular carriers; he knows where the money is in mobile and what’s ready for prime time. Gratch’s expertise extends to the Internet-of-Things space where he is leading the charge for one of the hottest enablers for this category, Alertcaster, the platform that connects any sensor... Read More →

Speakers
MA

Mitch Apley

Mitch E. Apley is a producer/director who has created several different kinds of content available through both traditional and nontraditional channels. Having graduated from Northwestern University as a major of Radio/TV/Film with a minor concentration in Integrated Arts, he has spent years making documentaries, independent films, commercials and other moving stories. For several years, Mitch worked on multiplatform distribution projects for the... Read More →
RC

Ralph Covert

Ralph Covert is best known as the leader of the rockin’ indie pop band The Bad Examples and the creator of Ralph’s World. He’s also an award-winning playwright and author. Most recently, he produced the pilot for a children's TV show, Ralph's World: Time Machine Guitar. The show encompasses educational elements of history and music, which Ralph explores and shares with the viewers along with his puppet companions. The show has... Read More →
MG

Miguel Gonzalez

After 15 years of launching digital brands and invigorating icon brands, Miguel finally took the deep dive into strategic planning. Why’d it take so long? Because Miguel has been a creative director, content strategist, digital innovator, trendspotter and agency management director while warming up for his calling as a strategist. His achievements include naming and launching LendingTree.com, managing the making of the U.S. Army’s... Read More →
JH

John Heinsen

John and his company Bunnygraph Entertainment, work with writers, talent, and technologists to create serialized formats for television, interactive/web and mobile platforms in what he calls “Storytelling through Advanced Content”. His projects include the 86th where he recently completed his third year as Transmedia Producer (Director of Production) overseeing all web, mobile and social media for Oscar.com and The Oscars Backstage... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

12:00pm

Tech Start-ups: The Promise in Practice of 1871
Limited Capacity seats available

Now that the cost of starting a technology company has plummeted, we're taking a closer look at how Chicago based music, film, and entertainment startups are elbowing into a notability difficult, and fragmented industry, working with large brands and industry leaders to prove their concept and build the next technological frontier.

Moderators
PR

Philippe Ravanas

A native of France, Professor Ravanas is an Arts Management expert with two decades of experience in developing global strategies, directing multi-national teams and creating a network in the international arts and entertainment industries. He has a successful track record in building bridges between business and academia, both in Europe and in the USA. | | Professor Ravanas previously served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for... Read More →

Speakers
JA

Jeremy Abrams

Jeremy started his first company in e-publishing when he was 15 years old. Since then, he has participated in about five startups. In 2013, Jeremy worked as the lead UI/UX designer for Trackbill.com. He will be graduating from IIT's Chicago-Kent College of Law in May, 2014. After graduating, Jeremy will run his current startup (Uppd) full-time.
SB

Stefanie Bassler

Stefanie Bassler completed her Master’s in Business Innovation at Cedim Center for Design in December of 2013. In 2011, she successfully launched her first company, Palma Pub Crawl, in Mallorca, Spain. Her passions lie at the intersection of design thinking, brand strategy and cognitive science.
TG

Tom Giles

Tom Giles is the founder and CEO of StageBloc, a network for creatives, brands, and their fans. He is also a teacher, scientist, athlete, designer and coach. Before founding StageBloc, Tom played in a touring rock band, ran an indie record label and underground college newspaper, and worked in artist management. He has designed and worked with such artists as Linkin Park, Trent Reznor, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Eric Church and Michael Stipe.
SR

Sean Rutkowski

Based in Atlanta, GA, Sean has over 20 years of music sales, marketing, distribution and purchasing. | | Sean has negotiated, sold and marketed with companies such as Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Warner Music Group, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros., Rhymesayers Entertainment, Sub Pop and Target. Most recently as General Manager of Alternative Distribution Alliance, the largest independent distribution company in the United States, he... Read More →
JS

Justin Sinkovich

Justin Sinkovich is an Assistant Professor in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago where he coordinates the Media Management program. Prior to teaching at Columbia, he has been a manager at a wide variety of media companies including a weekly paper, a film company, and several record labels including Touch and Go Records. At Touch and Go, Justin acted as New Media Manager and oversaw the creation of the digital... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00pm - TBA
Emporium 1366 N Milwaukee

12:30pm

Cutting Through the Bullshit: Self Marketing and Networking That Works For You
Limited Capacity seats available

As a creative person, having to market yourself and make industry connections can feel like a lot of bullshit.  How do you network with the right people and promote yourself authentically?  This panel cuts through the bullshit by discussing the ways actors, filmmakers, and other creative types can get better at representing themselves and their work—all while making genuine connections.  Hear the lessons learned and how you can avoid your own pitfalls.


Moderators
SS

Steve Scholz

Steve is an actor, writer and voice over artist in Chicago. He serves as Board Vice President for The Chicago Acting in Film Meetup NFP (CAFM), and is a board member of the SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local. He has hosted and organized CAFM events since 2009. Steve assisted the group in becoming a 501(c)3 organization, and served as Co-Director in 2012 with Grace McPhillips. He has also organized and hosted SAG-AFTRA Chicago's "Piece of the Pie for... Read More →

Speakers
TC

Tony Castillo

Tony Castillo is an accomplished actor and voice over talent having numerous Film and TV credits which include: Nothing Like The Holidays, Lana’s Rain, The Package, Shaking The Tree, Good Night Sweet Wife, Chicago PD, Watch Over Me (Series Lead), The Untouchables, Walker Texas Ranger, Early Edition and Missing Persons. 
He has performed on stage at Victory Gardens, Circle Theatre, American Theatre Company, Body Politic, Zebra Crossing... Read More →
KC

Kathy Corday

Fine art photographer, Kathy Corday, is also a PBS personality and entrepreneur engaged in the lifelong pursuit of storytelling through a variety of media. Her photography shares the splendor of natural wonders, revels in the magic of man-made artifacts, and celebrates the insatiable essence of the human spirit. Ms. Corday complements her soulful images with her insightful celebrity interviews including Chris Botti, Chris Isaak, Gloria Estefan... Read More →
RK

Ruth Kaufman

An attorney with a master’s in TV/Radio, Ruth Kaufman earned multiple national top performer awards at two companies during 16 years in sales, training and marketing. She negotiated seven figure contracts and managed a multi-million dollar territory. Now a full-time actor and | writer, her credits include roles in independent films, web series and national commercials. She has | narrated hundreds of e-learning courses, medical scripts... Read More →
FR

Fernanda Rossi

Internationally renowned author, speaker and story analyst Fernanda Rossi has | collaborated in more than 500 fiction scripts, documentaries and fundraising samples, | including two documentaries nominated for the Academy Award® and many that | received funding from ITVS and National Film Board of Canada. She has given her | lectures in more than 12 countries and at world markets, such as Hot Docs and Sheffield | Doc/Fest. In addition, she is... Read More →
SW

Sean Walton

Sean Walton is a member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity. He has performed in film, television, and on stage throughout the U.S., and has several national commercial credits. Sean is a writer of screenplays and stageplays. He is a former board member of the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup.


Saturday May 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Collaboraction Theater 1579 N Milwaukee, Suite 300

12:30pm

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
Limited Capacity seats available

SXSW cofounder Louis Black served as executive producer of this documentary about the late Austin singer-songwriter. Instead of offering a by-the-numbers chronology of his life, the film paints an impressionistic portrait, allowing his songs, his friends (including Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Lyle Lovett), and beautiful shots of his Texas to fill in what details they can without telling us what to think about the man who said "I think my life will run out before my work does. I think I’ve designed it that way."
Introduced by Louis Black


Saturday May 3, 2014 12:30pm - 2:40pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

12:45pm

Delinquent Dancers (Aayna Ka Bayna)
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s Bollywood by way of Slumdog Millionaire in this tale of nine youthful offenders in a harsh correctional facility who learn to dance as a form of art therapy. When the brutal warden refuses to let them take part in a national dance competition, they escape, using their street smarts to stay ahead of the cops, tie up loose ends from their various backstories, and prepare for the big show. Kinetic camerawork and editing, electrifying dance numbers, and the gritty reality of poverty combine in a one-of-a-kind experience. In Marathi with English subtitles.

PLAYING WITH:
Music Video Virtuos Virtuell (Virtuoso Virtual) Thomas Stellmach, Maja Oschmann / Germany / 8 min
Abstract ink drawings grow in an interplay of curiosity, timid encounters, dynamic pursuits, and confrontation, carrying us on a poetical journey to a musical world. 


Saturday May 3, 2014 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Logan Theatre

1:00pm

Shorts Program: Musical Melange
Limited Capacity seats available

A smorgasbord of offerings illustrating the diversity of nations, subjects, and styles we highlight at CIMMfest. 

Chicago Premiere
Shooter Jennings' The Other Life
Short Fiction / Blake Judd / USA / 28 min.
Shooter Jennings says goodbye to his family and hits the road on a supernatural journey inspired by Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, and his own past.

KnickaNack Dan
Music Video / Pedro Castro / USA / 4 min.
KnickaNack Dan was raised in the Tennessee trees by a man, a bear, and a pile of leaves. His tale just might astound you.

Kid Exodus - "Are We Apart"
Music Video / Viktor Enoksen / Norway / 4 min.
Kid Exodus escapes from a secret lab, and the authorities will do anything to get him back. When they finally corner him, things get messy.

Chicago Premiere
We Keep on Dancing
Short Fiction / Jessica Barclay Lawton / Australia / 9 min.
Two strangers meet through a haze of smoke from a broken-down Volkswagen Beetle in this sweet tale of love, loss and ... car trouble.

Chicago Premiere
My Black Box (Ma boîte noire)
Short Documentary / Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay / Canada / 12 min.
At the age of four, rapper Dramatik was treated for aggression. The treatment left him with a stutter; freestyling provided him with a cure.

These New Puritans - V (Island Song)
Music Video / PICNIC / UK / 8 min.
A woman goes to the movies to lose herself and her mind in this animated video that These New Puritans describe as "the closest so far to band's vision."

Chicago Premiere
The Rhythm in Her Veins (El ritmo en sus venas)
Short Fiction / Juan Alberto Poveda Paredes / Spain / 13 min.
Irene and Rafa have a boring relationship full of lies, but an unexpected accident forces them to live together as they never have before.



Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Society for Arts

1:00pm

Behind the Glass with Ed Cherney
Limited Capacity seats available

(Definition: Mix--Individual elements of a recording are combined with effects to make a record.) What Makes a Great Mix as opposed to a Mediocre One & How To Achieve It? Three-Time Grammy winning Engineer/Producer Ed Cherney (Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy) is joined by producer/Engineer & Grammy-winner Michael Freeman in a look behind the studio glass at the all-important Music Mix. Why do some recordings just feel better than others? How and why does the lead vocal take you to Nirvana? All of this will be examined in an interactive exploration of the recording’s central building block – The Mix – by 2 of the Best of the Best!

Moderators
MF

Michael Freeman

Grammy Award and Blues Music Award winning Producer/Engineer Michael Freeman began his career in the recording industry in the late 1970’s as a studio manager and later Vice President, General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Hedden West Studios (later named Remington Road Studios) in the suburbs of Chicago. A transplant from London, England, he ventured out in 1986 as a freelance Producer/Engineer and to date has amassed a diverse and... Read More →

Speakers
EC

Ed Cherney

GRAMMY® and TEC award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney is best known for his work with a large roster of artists, including Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jann Arden, Michael Jackson, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Over the years, he’s garnered six GRAMMY nominations and two wins. He has also been honored with seven TEC award nominations and five wins, as well as three EMMY® nominations. Cherney... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Logan Square Studio 2341 N Milwaukee Ave.

1:00pm

Music Behind Bars
Limited Capacity seats available

Music is healing. It has the power to connect us, educate us, and move us. This panel will discuss how music can serve as a rehabilitating change agent, featuring Jim Tullio (Butcher Boy studios), Jonathan McCormick (CSO), ChuckALuck (BassTribe Magazine), The Q Brothers, Cordarryll Ward (72 Hour Nightmare in Roseland) and Floyd Davis (Woodlawn Battle on the Wax for Peace, Inc.). Michael James from Live at the Heartland Cafe and Lynn Orman Weiss, Live At The Heartland Cafe music producer & founder of Music4Good Productions, will moderate this interactive discussion.

Moderators
MJ

Michael James

He is a veteran on the 1968 Democratic Convention demonstrations, and the political and cultural struggles of that era. He has received considerable notoriety regarding 1968 having been photographed rocking a police paddy wagon during events at Michigan and Balboa. James found the organization and newspaper Rising Up Angry (1969-75) working with other organizations (Black Panther Party, Young Lords Organization, the Young Patriots, and the... Read More →
LO

Lynn Orman Weiss

Lynn Orman Weiss, owner of Orman Music & Media Group & founder of Music4Good Productions, is a 2013 Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Silver Trumpet Award Winner & on the Advisory Board of A Safe Haven & Down With Guns, Up With Instruments Foundations, Infinite Scholars and a voting member of the Grammys & EARS, Engineer, Audio Recording Society. Lynn is the producer and host of WNUR, The Blues Show, 89.3 FM and music... Read More →

Speakers
TQ

The Q Brothers

Musicians, actors, writers, educators, and DJ’s, GQ and JQ created and starred in the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed productions, Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin’ - both musical, hip hop “add-RAP-tations” of Shakespeare’s classics. Othello: The Remix was commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London for the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (MTM... Read More →
FD

Floyd Davis

We are a violence prevention organization located in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood that uses music and media as tools to engage high-risk youth in mentorship and skill development programming. www.battleonwax.org 
CC

Chuckaluck (Charlie Hoesch)

His blueprint, Down With Guns, Up With Instruments is a powerful foundation for changing the mindset and culture of our youth through providing music, instruments and technology in the schools and after school programming. The Down With Guns Up With Instruments Movement to be a flagship for Chicago by doing an on going Benefit Concert to Raise money and cut down Gun Violence and drugs as well as all forms of violence that's destroying the... Read More →
MR

Michael Riendeau

A celebrated percussion performer and instructor, Michael is a teaching artist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Institute for Learning Access and Training and for Urban Gateways, a resident percussion instructor at Highland Park High School, and works privately with students throughout Chicago.
JT

Jim Tullio

Jim Tullio’s (aka “Tools”) accomplishments are beyond impressive. Producer, Engineer, Musician, Arranger and Composer, Tools has won 2 Grammys and 50 Clio Awards, has a catalog of over 2000 compositions and produced over 70 records. He has played string bass for Steve Goodman, John Prine, Leonard Cohen and produced records for such artists such as Mavis Staples, Los Lonely Boys, Clarence Richie Havens, Dave Mason, Rick Danko... Read More →
CW

Cordarryll Ward

Born and raised in Chicago, CorDaryll Ward saw a lot of thing growing up. After watching Rap City the Basement and seeing his favorite rap group music video directed by an artist in the group, he grew an interest in what exactly it is that a director does on set. After research on directors, he knew that was what he wanted to attend Columbia College Chicago for film and video. With a concentration in directing and minor in television, he... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Gorilla Tango 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.

1:30pm

Live Streaming: From Consumption to Cache
Limited Capacity seats available

The live streaming panel is a new, cutting-edge forum for pioneers, practitioners and decision makers in the live streaming space. Our inaugural panel will focus on the streaming media game-changers discussing:

  • History and evolution of live streaming

  • Live event production

  • Live streaming technologies

  • Advanced use cases including: music, arts, sports, and more

Moderators
SC

Stephen Collins

Pioneer in live streaming, Stephen was one of the first live streaming producers in the US, streaming video to dial-up modem users (1996) and worked with companies like Rollingstone.com, JamTV, the-LAB.com, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Redmoon Theater, Survival Research Laboratories, GVOON, and PopKomm Festival - all before the year 2000. Stephen has a deep understanding of digital content delivery for web, mobile and TV working for... Read More →

Speakers
JC

Jimmy Chamberlin

Jimmy Chamberlin is a Grammy Award winning musician, writer, producer and educator. Jimmy was a founding member of the Smashing Pumpkins and the band’s highly acclaimed drummer for over 20 years. He left the organization in 2010 and brought his skills and observations related to culture, entertainment, and business to the tech community here in Chicago. He is currently the CEO/Co-Founder of LiveOne Inc. | | LiveOne, Inc. is an audience... Read More →
GC

Greg Corner

Greg Corner is a Chicago based DJ, bass player, event producer, music programmer and artist consultant. He is a member of the electronic-rock group Kill Hannah. | | Corner’s DJ career officially began with his first night club: Make Out Club. He went on to become a founding member of the DJ trio Dark Wave Disco and was honored to be chosen to DJ for President Barak Obama’s 50th birthday party. | | The founder of Indie-Pendent... Read More →
CM

Curse Mackey

DJ, industrial musician, art curator with international museum exhibition credits, content producer specializing in live streaming of art, music, and branded events. Curse has been integrating video marketing and webcast technology since 2008. He has two published books in his name and has collaborated with Burton Snowboards, Monster Energy, Pernod­-Ricard, Hard Rock Intl., Vans, Affliction, NewTek, Heineken as well as Mexico City's Secretary of... Read More →
AM

Andre Mika

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Andre’ Mika’s entertainment industry experience encompasses music, television and film. He has been awarded a Collegiate Grammy and a 2004 Emmy Award for directing the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. | | Mika served as Supervising Producer for Walt Disney Records, coordinated the launch of
The Prince of Egypt into 26 languages with DreamWorks SKG and produced and directed special audio projects... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Emporium 1366 N Milwaukee

2:00pm

Reaching Critical Mass: Film Critics Facing The Digital Age
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel explores the influence of 21st Century film criticism, plus the challenges critics face--including the abundance of indie films, the diversity of online opinions, and ever-changing media platforms.

This panel is sponsored by the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup NFP (CAFM).  Founded in 2007, with the goal of helping its members become smarter Chicago actors, CAFM has become the premier co-mentoring and educational group for working film actors in Chicago. www.chicagoactinginfilm.org.


Speakers
DF

David Fowlie

David has been reviewing movies for online viewing for the past eight years and in 2010 he co-founded Keeping It Reel (www.keeping-it-reel.com), a website where all his reviews can be found. He is the main writer and editor-in-chief of the site and also contributes reviews to fanboyplanet.comand hollywoodchicago.com. He has discussed movies on local Chicago podcasts and has been a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association since August... Read More →
BH

Brandon Harris

Brandon Harris, Brooklyn based and Cincinnati bred, is a Contributing Editor at Filmmaker Magazine and the director of Redlegs, a New York Times Critic’s Pick. He makes a mean brunch on Sundays.
ES

Erika S. Olson

Erika Olson has been a film critic, movie blogger and social media writer for Redbox since 2008. She also discusses movies on WGN Radio's Bill Moller Show each Saturday. She became a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2010 and was asked to join its board in 2013. Before she began her writing career, she spent over a decade working on marketing and Internet strategies for companies in the financial services industry. Her book... Read More →
DS

Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

Dominick Suzanne-Mayer is the head film critic and features editor at HEAVEmedia, a Chicago-based pop culture site. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from DePaul University through their Media & Cinema Studies program in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He previously lectured at Facets Multi-Media as part of the Night School series of late-night film lectures (2010-2013), discussing films like Myra Breckinridge, Black Dynamite... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Collaboraction Theater 1579 N Milwaukee, Suite 300

2:00pm

WWIMM and CIMMfest Present: Women Taking Care of Business
Join Women Working in Mixed Media during the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival for a business panel on career strategies for women in the creative arts. This won’t be your mama’s knitting circle! We’ll be throwing back gin cocktails at Chicago Distilling and meeting some of Chicago’s most impressive women in film, radio, social media, music, and more.

Learn how these women rose to the top and tips for success in a career in media and the creative arts, from how to build and diversify your network, identifying new opportunities to increasing confidence and finding a mentor. After the panel, stick around to network and get down with Derby drinks.

Moderators
KB

Kathryn Battle

Personal Project Manager, Peak6
Kate is a Chicago-based attorney, marketing consultant and writer with a passion for independent music, art and culture. When she's not assisting bands with legal needs or helping small firms and businesses with new media, she writes about all things that inspire her on her arts and life blog, Incinerating Diamonds. You can also learn more about Kate at www.ktbattle.com.

Speakers
SC

Shawn Campbell

Shawn Campbell is the founder and general manager of CHIRP Radio, an online community radio station focused on Chicago's vibrant independent music and culture. She is a true believer in the power of radio and has spent two decades in the industry, working as a program director, producer, reporter, anchor, DJ, and writer at a variety of stations in and around Chicago, including WBEZ, WXRT, and WBBM-AM.
JN

Justine Nagan

Justine Nagan is Kartemquin Films’ Executive Director as well as an Executive Producer on staff. She is responsible for managing day-to-day operations as well as building a foundation under the historic non-profit for future sustainability and continued excellence. Kartemquin Films is a 48 year-old media arts non-profit that creates powerful social issue documentaries and serves as a talent incubator for the Midwest (www.kartemquin.com). With... Read More →
PR

Patty Reilly-Murphy

As an accomplished business woman, Patty Reilly-Murphy is a strategic, innovative, experienced sales leader with a proven track record of success in the competitive verticals of broadcast & digital media, and experiential marketing. Her specialties include creating new revenue opportunities, developing strategic partnerships, staffing, talent Development, creative problem solving, team building and delivering results. Patty has been with... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chicago Distilling Company 2359 N. Milwaukee Ave.

2:00pm

Frankie Knuckles’ Impact on Dance Music
Limited Capacity seats available

A Retrospective on Frankie Knuckles Impact on Dance Music. Charles Matlock of the Modern Dance Research & Archiving Foundation moderates this discussion centered around Frankie Knuckles' Warehouse/Powerplant years and his early experimentation in fusing various genres of dance music, ultimately leading to the introduction of House Music to the world. propelling him into the international spotlight,as a dj/artist/songwriter/producer.


Moderators
Speakers
RW

Robert Williams

Owner of the Warehouse and Music Box and the one responsible for bringing Frankie Knuckles from NYC in 1975.


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Subterranean 2011 W North Ave

2:30pm

Chicago Film Business: Beg, Borrow, or Build
Limited Capacity seats available

OK, here we go, Chicago is rising (or not). The Chicago film scene is booming…  recently named the best city in America to live and make movies, but how do we get OUR movies made?  TV shows are shooting here, blockbuster films are shot here.  But what are WE getting out of it?  What do we need as a City to make Chicago a place where filmmakers can actually thrive HERE?  Enabling us to finance, cast, and create our own movies without running to the coasts.

Speakers
SJ

Steve Johns

Steve is the CEO of Reed Rigging, the Midwest’s largest rigging company. His career includes over twenty-eight years of progressive experience in the areas of technology, corporate development, venture capital, consumer marketing, entertainment and entrepreneurship. As the Midwest’s largest event and entertainment rigging company, Reed Rigging serves experiential marketing companies, major touring artists, lighting, film &... Read More →
SA

Steven A. Jones

A Brooklyn native and graduate of The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He spent 10 years as a director of animated TV commercials for clients including Cap’n Crunch and McDonalds before teaming up with director John McNaughton to produce his first feature film, the controversial “Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer”. Since then Mr. Jones has produced films including “Mad Dog and Glory&rdquo... Read More →
RM

Rich Moskal

Rich Moskal was appointed director of the Chicago Film Office in 1996 and leads the City of Chicago’s efforts to attract and advance feature film, television series, commercial and all other forms of media production. Since then, more than 1000 film and television productions have been made in Chicago generating $2 billion in local revenue. These include the recent features Divergent, Jupiter Ascending, Transformers 3 & 4, and the... Read More →
WS

William Schopf

William Schopf is the owner of Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre and of Music Box Films, one of the leading distributors of foreign and independent film in North America.   Music Box Films, distributing 12-18 films per year theatrically and twice that many to the home entertainment market, is best known for having brought The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy to the US, as well as The Returned and other high quality foreign... Read More →
BS

Bruce Sheridan

Bruce Sheridan has been Chair of Cinema Art + Science since 2001 and is a leader in the move to redesign film and media education for the 21st century. He has 30 years experience directing, producing, and writing drama and documentary for the screen and teaches all of those disciplines. He won the 1999 New Zealand Best Drama Award for the tele-feature Lawless. In 2006 Kubuku Rides, a short film he produced with Tim Evans and Steppenwolf Films... Read More →
BS

Betsy Steinberg

In her post as Managing Director of the Illinois Film Office (IFO), Betsy Steinberg heads the effort to attract film and television production to Illinois. Under her leadership, the state has broken revenue and jobs records four times – including 2013’s $358 million revenue report -- nearly doubling the previous record set in 2012. Betsy brings seventeen years of production experience with her to the IFO. Immediately prior to coming... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

2:30pm

LSD: Logline, Synopsis, Demo... and Pitch
Limited Capacity seats available

Don’t ask for money before knowing what to say. Author and Story Analyst, Fernanda Rossi deals some LSD: Logline, Synopsis, Demo... and Pitch. A presentation on how to prepare your materials to raise funds and make your movie! Fernanda has collaborated in more than 500 fiction scripts, documentaries and fundraising samples, including two documentaries nominated for the Academy Award® and many that received funding from ITVS and National Film Board of Canada.

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Fernanda Rossi

Internationally renowned author, speaker and story analyst Fernanda Rossi has | collaborated in more than 500 fiction scripts, documentaries and fundraising samples, | including two documentaries nominated for the Academy Award® and many that | received funding from ITVS and National Film Board of Canada. She has given her | lectures in more than 12 countries and at world markets, such as Hot Docs and Sheffield | Doc/Fest. In addition, she is... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
CIMMfest HQ 1439 N Milwaukee

2:30pm

Private Eyes - Meet the Residents
Limited Capacity seats available

Come celebrate Residents Day at CIMMfest! “Private Eyes - Meet The Residents” offers fans an exclusive work in progress screening of the new Residents documentary “Theory of Obscurity,’ with filmmaker Q&A, never-before seen Residents footage from the vaults, a set of classic Residents music by the synth-tastic Chicago group Chandeliers and more surprises!


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Hideout 1354 W Wabansia

2:45pm

Shorts Program: Musical Muses
Limited Capacity seats available

A selection of films about the people who inspire us to create.

World Premiere 
Stupify
Short Fiction / Paul Thomas / USA / 7 min. 
When rapper Stupify steps into the studio to record his new album, his biggest challenge is unexpected—a very precise producer.

Loudboy - "Blue"
Music Video / Chiara Natalini / Italy / 4 min. 
A young woman’s walk through the forest takes a turn for the weird in this video for NYC-based John “Loudboy” Andrews, longtime guitarist for Peter Murphy.

Chicago Premiere 
Mr. Bellpond
Short Fiction / A. Todd Smith / USA / 20 min. 
Consumed with guilt after his wife disappears, Mr. Bellpond goes into seclusion. Years later, an extortionist offers information of her whereabouts if Mr. Bellpond composes a new masterpiece.

Chicago Premiere 
The Woman (La Donna)
Short Fiction / Nicolás Dolensky / Argentina / 15 min. 
On a night that could be any night, anywhere, two men and a woman, plenty of alcohol, hot music, and sexual tension combine in unexpected ways.

World Premiere 
A Hell of a Player! (Toca pra Diabo!)
Short Fiction/ Joao Helho / Brazil / 15 min.
After meeting a mysterious and talented stranger, guitar player Sig discovers that there are more things between hell and earth than a naive metalhead kid might suppose.

Valentimes - "Get Into My Convertible"
Music Video / Valentin Lozita / Argentina, Mexico / 7 min.
Valentin luxuriates in his new life as a rock legend, but things don’t always work out the way they do in music videos.

Chicago Premiere
The Voice Thief
Short Fiction / Adan Jodorowsky / France, USA / 22 min.
When an opera singer (Asia Argento) loses her voice, her husband embarks on an odyssey through Miami's dark underworld to recover it through supernatural means.



Saturday May 3, 2014 2:45pm - 4:20pm
Society for Arts

2:50pm

Twist
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s not an understatement to say that the twist changed America. All that gyrating helped loosen up stodgy 1950s mainstream culture, helping move the country “from squareness to awareness.” Exhaustively researched and packed with entertaining and sometimes hilarious footage, Ron Mann’s classic film sets the record straight about the origins of the dance—Hank Ballard, not Chubby Checker, was the Father of the Twist—and its hip-shaking, world-dominating popularity.
Q&A with Ron Mann


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:50pm - 4:30pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

3:00pm

Jingle Bell Rocks!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Christmas music junkie Mitchell Kezin as he tracks down the stories behind twelve of his favorite holiday tunes. There’s no tired shopping-mall muzak here: instead, Kezin unearths songs that, like rock ’n’ roll itself, are barometers of their times, addressing racial inequality, religious freedom, nuclear war, and being alone. From “Schoolhouse Rock” creator Bob Dorough to Miles Davis to Chicago’s beloved Sound Opinions crew, Jingle Bell Rocks! guarantees you’ll never listen to Christmas music the same way again.
Q&A with Mitchell Kezin 


Saturday May 3, 2014 3:00pm - 4:55pm
Logan Theatre

3:30pm

A Safe Haven: MUSIC REVOLUTION TO END HOMELESSNESS
Limited Capacity seats available

How does music affect the human spirit? What does music have to do with Social Change? A multi-media panel presentation will feature Rhymefest and TL Williams discussing their work with Neli Vazquez-Rowland, founder of a A Safe Haven, an organization that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. Spotlighting two shorts; Raggedy Man by Sharon Kimbrough and Brenda Blonski with music by Butch Stewart & DREAM by Rhymefest & T.L. Williams with residents of A Safe Haven and Gus Redmond, Vice-President of Music Quest Entertainment. Moderated by Music Revolution to End Homelessness co-producer and founder of Music4Good Productions, Lynn Orman Weiss.

Moderators
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Lynn Orman Weiss

Lynn Orman Weiss, owner of Orman Music & Media Group & founder of Music4Good Productions, is a 2013 Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Silver Trumpet Award Winner & on the Advisory Board of A Safe Haven & Down With Guns, Up With Instruments Foundations, Infinite Scholars and a voting member of the Grammys & EARS, Engineer, Audio Recording Society. Lynn is the producer and host of WNUR, The Blues Show, 89.3 FM and music... Read More →

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Rhymefest

Che "Rhymefest" Smith is the quintessential renaissance man as a father, husband, entrepreneur and artist. Inspired by his life experiences in a single-parent household, Che has blazed a new trail in art, music and social activism. In 2005, Che won a Grammy for co-writing the legendary hit record “Jesus Walks,” performed by his childhood friend Kanye West. He has served as co-writer on many of Kanye’s albums including Late... Read More →
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Brenda Blonski

Brenda Blonski spent over 25 years as a writer in the fast paced, high-powered advertising industry; working her way from junior copywriter all the way up the corporate ladder to Senior VP, Group Creative Director. Brenda spent her marketing career producing award winning television, radio, magazine and digital ads for high profile brands such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, P & G, Toyota and General Mills. | | During a hiatus from her... Read More →
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Sharon Kimbrough

Sharon Kimbrough is an experienced freelance producer who uses her talents to manage the budgets, schedules and details of production project. She has managed projects with small and million dollar budgets. Kimbrough started her creative career in 1974 with Burrell Communications Group of Chicago as a Creative Secretary and worked her way up the company to Senior Vice President/Director of Broadcast Production Services. During her career at... Read More →
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Gus Redmond

Redmond has spent the last 40 years working with the "Who's Who" within the recording industry. Redmond assisted in the success of over 592 *Hit songs and also dabbled in the creative side by co-writing such hits as "The Sly, Slick and the Wicked" by the Lost Generation and "Mellow Mellow Right On" by Lowrell Simon.  Redmond is co producer of The Music Revolution to End Homelessness.
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Butch Stewart

For Chicagoans knowledgeable about the music scene, the name “Butch Stewart” usually brings to mind three things; The Tom Joyner Morning Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Butch has also created "themed"music for the Tavis Smiley Show. Butch is the creator and producer for the theme song, “Oh, oh, oh...it’s the Tom Joyner Morning Show” a Reach Media production. He also created and produced, “Get With The... Read More →
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Neli Vazquez-Rowland

Neli Vazquez-Rowland, founder of a A Safe Haven, an organization that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose.
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T.L. Williams

It has become extremely difficult to talk about Chicago Music without mentioning T. L. Williams. At this rate, it will soon be extremely difficult to talk about pop culture without mentioning T. L. Williams. The voice for a new generation has been in the grooming process for a few years. Now, through undeniably epic music, it’s time to hear what the voice has to say. Born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago, T. L. Williams started... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Gorilla Tango 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.

3:30pm

The Art of Producing Great Recordings
Limited Capacity seats available

Join music icon Ed Cherney, Michael Freeman and award winning producers and engineers Jim Tullio, Johnny K, Danny Leake, Rick Barnes, and others in a panel discussion on Producing – Step #1 in the recording process. How a recording is created, shaped and molded. How the producer’s vision, creativity and guidance directs the making of the record. And, how the Producer’s role is changed – for better or worse – as a result of today’s “user-friendly”computer technology.

Moderators
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Michael Freeman

Grammy Award and Blues Music Award winning Producer/Engineer Michael Freeman began his career in the recording industry in the late 1970’s as a studio manager and later Vice President, General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Hedden West Studios (later named Remington Road Studios) in the suburbs of Chicago. A transplant from London, England, he ventured out in 1986 as a freelance Producer/Engineer and to date has amassed a diverse and... Read More →

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Ed Cherney

GRAMMY® and TEC award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney is best known for his work with a large roster of artists, including Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jann Arden, Michael Jackson, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Over the years, he’s garnered six GRAMMY nominations and two wins. He has also been honored with seven TEC award nominations and five wins, as well as three EMMY® nominations. Cherney... Read More →
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Danny Leake

Danny has 30+ years experience as a Live Sound Engineer and is the main sound designer and FOH for Stevie Wonder. Other artists include Aretha Franklin, Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, TLC and many others. He is the veteran of at least 26 World Tours. Danny has engineered many of the biggest events in the world including Outside Lands Festival (San Francisco), The Isle of Wight "Bestival" (UK), Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Celebration at Buckingham... Read More →
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Jim Tullio

Jim Tullio’s (aka “Tools”) accomplishments are beyond impressive. Producer, Engineer, Musician, Arranger and Composer, Tools has won 2 Grammys and 50 Clio Awards, has a catalog of over 2000 compositions and produced over 70 records. He has played string bass for Steve Goodman, John Prine, Leonard Cohen and produced records for such artists such as Mavis Staples, Los Lonely Boys, Clarence Richie Havens, Dave Mason, Rick Danko... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Paragon Studios 820 W Fulton Market

4:00pm

247HH.com Presents What to Do with Your Music Videos and Video Content
Limited Capacity seats available

Panel discussing the importance of getting your video content in order.  The importance of your Metadata.

Moderators
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NIck Sincaglia

President, Nuemeta
Nick has over 15 years of online and digital media experience. He is currently President/Founder of NueMeta LLC, a software and services company focused on digital asset management, metadata and digital archive technologies. His company develops software and designs systems for digital media & entertainment companies such as Sony, Google/YouTube, Vevo, Questar Home Entertainment and TouchTunes. Nick has been active in a variety of... Read More →

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Mic Fox

Mic Fox is currently Senior Director/Global Digital Strategy at VEVO. He has been a major architect in leading VEVO to become the music video content destination for music fans virtually everywhere in the world. Mic’s career began as early as high school when his passion for music resulted in becoming a local high school club DJ. During his college years, while studying Computer Science, he volunteered his time at the university radio... Read More →
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Nate Gilbert

Responsible for driving advertising revenue through the sale of digital ads and other digital media (social, mobile, tablet, custom) on iONE portfolio of sites (blackplanet.com, hellobeautiful.com, newsone.com, theurbandaily.com, giantlife.com, zonadesabor.com). Interactive One is the largest and fastest growing digital media company serving a multicultural audience. Nathan embarked on a career that has spanned more than 12 years working to... Read More →
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Macie Stewart

Macie Stewart is a young musician born and raised in Chicago, IL. Initially known for her keyboard and vocal work with the band Kids These Days, she and her songwriting skills are now an integral part of the new Chicago 4-piece band Marrow. The band consists of Macie Stewart and two other members of the now-defunct Kids These Days -- Liam K. Cunningham, and Lane Beckstrom -- as well as Chicago native, Matt Carroll, on drums. Their debut... Read More →
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Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson, also known as “Larro” to his many music industry counterparts, got into the industry as a rapper and DJ himself. Growing up with the love of creating music, he found out as a teenager that Chicago did not have many outlets for urban music artists to succeed. As he became older, he ventured into real estate and was able to revisit the music industry in 2011, this time as a manager. Kanye West former manager, John... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
CIMMfest HQ 1439 N Milwaukee

4:00pm

The Art and Business of DJs
Limited Capacity seats available

Being a DJ is big business. DJ acts are as big as any bands, and just like with everyone else in the music industry the road to success is fraught with obstacles. Our panelists have been through it all and will share their trials tribulations and successes.


Saturday May 3, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Subterranean 2011 W North Ave

4:15pm

Celebrate Johnny Cash w/Lawrence Peters Outfit before 'The Winding Stream'
Lawrence Peters Outfit's sound is deep-rooted in generations of country music tradition. This 4 peice tips their hat to Mr. Johhny Cash by playing a short set of his songs prior to the screening of "The Winding Stream"


Saturday May 3, 2014 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Logan Thtr. -Lounge- 180

4:45pm

Every Everything: The Life, Music, & Times of Grant Hart
Limited Capacity seats available

Gorman Bechard’s follow-up to 2011’s Color Me Obsessed presents the co-founder and drummer of Hüsker Dü coming to terms with his career and himself. In a series of frank conversations, he covers topics ranging from the destruction of the band that made him famous to his second career as a visual artist, fatherhood, addiction, and the glories of the Studebaker. The film captures Hart as he creates what is arguably the most ambitious album of his career, The Argument, inspired equally by John Milton and William S. Burroughs.
Q&A with producer and co-writer Jan Radder 


Saturday May 3, 2014 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

5:00pm

Rova Channeling Coltrane
Limited Capacity seats available

Rova Channeling Coltrane is a duet of films on the Rova Saxophone Quartet's reincarnation of John Coltrane's Ascension, called “the most vexatious work in jazz history.” First, in Cleaning the Mirror, we learn the history of the project and hear from the musicians—including Nels Cline, Hamid Drake, and Rova leader Larry Ochs—about their approach to the music. Then, Electric Ascension documents in its entirety a performance of the reimagined album, giving audience members the rare opportunity to see and hear the work performed live.
Q & A with Larry Ochs 


Saturday May 3, 2014 5:00pm - 7:15pm
Society for Arts

5:10pm

The Winding Stream
Limited Capacity seats available

Filmmaker and rocker Beth Harrington tells the story of the family at the heart of Americana music: the Carters and the Cashes. The Carters didn’t just play the music of their hill country upbringing—they helped invent it. But they seemed doomed to obscurity until a hard-living rebel named Johnny Cash brought them back into the spotlight. This winding stream of roots music and love was reciprocal, as Cash himself, in haunting interviews toward the end of his life, details how the family helped save him from his demons.

PLAYING WITH:
Music Video by The Sweet Maries - Fat Man’s Holler
Jay Eckensberger / USA / 4 min.
The gorgeous harmonies of Chicago-based The Sweet Maries blend with the haunting Super 8 images of music film vet Jay Eckensberger in this melancholy tale of dissipation.

Music Video by Tijuana Hercules - Panther Crawl
John Vernon Forbes / USA / 3 min.
Back for their third CIMMfest, Tijuana Hercules brings us another demented animation by singer and guitarist John Vernon Forbes.
 


Saturday May 3, 2014 5:10pm - 7:00pm
Logan Theatre

5:30pm

Muddy Waters; from Mississippi to Chicago

Muddy Waters changed the course of music. Raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi, he led the wave of electric blues from the moment he arrived in Chicago. He dominated the club scene, and then with Chess Records, defined what a blues record should be.

Our panelists know Muddy inside and out: Robert Gordon, author of Can’t be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters, the quintessential biography of Muddy Waters; Terry Abramson, author of In the Belly of the Blues, was a friend and Grammy winning songwriter for Muddy Waters; Gary Vincent is a musician and filmmaker working at Ground Zero Blues Club Music, in Clarksdale Mississippi.

The panel is joined by Muddy’s son Larry “Mud” Waters and moderated by Michael Frank CEO of Chicago Blues label Earwig Music Company

Moderators
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Terry Abrahamson

Grammy Award Winning songwriter, author, playwright, screenwriter. Terry's most recent accolades are for his memoir, In The Belly of the Blues, www.inthebellyoftheblues.com with historic photos of Blues & Rock N' Roll musicians now on exhibit at Chicago's, Blues Heaven Foundation and The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
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Robert Gordon

Grammy Award winning writer and filmmaker Robert Gordon has focused on the American south—it’s music, art, and politics—to create an insider’s portrait of his home that is both nuanced and ribald. His first book, It Came From Memphis, careens through the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, riding shotgun with the weirdoes, winos, and midget wrestlers. In 2003, he wrote the definitive biography of blues great Muddy Waters... Read More →
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Gary Vincent

Award Winning, Producer, Singer/Songwriter, Recording Engineer & Editor. Partners with Morgan Freeman in the Clarksdale Sound Stage, & Producer of Down To The Crossroads filmed at the Legendary, Ground Zero (film to be shown at Rosa's Lounge, 7:30 pm, Saturday, May 3rd).


Saturday May 3, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Logan Thtr. Lounge

5:30pm

CIMMfest Awards Ceremony w/ Keynote Speaker/BAADASSSSSS Recipient Louis Black, Co-Founder SXSW presented by Ronn Mann
Limited Capacity seats available

Louis Black is the 2014 recipient of our CIMMfest No. 6 Baadasssss Award, named in honor of the inaugural honoree, Melvin Van Peebles, for embodying the spirit of our festival in a singular way. Through his lifetime of work in the arts and service to musicians and filmmakers, we are proud to honor Louis with this award. Not only is he a co-founder of the Austin Chronicle for which he continues to write and serve as editor-in-chief, and a co-founder of the South By Southwest Music Conference, he has eleven film producer credits, including an associate-producer credit for Margaret Brown's Peabody Award-winning The Order of Myths, and six acting credits, he has lent his knowledge both on and offscreen in numerous documentaries.


Saturday May 3, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

7:00pm

Vincent Moon Explores the Small Planet, Second Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2011, the New York Times said, “Vincent Moon reinvented the music video.” They were talking about Moon’s “Take Away Shows,” improvised video shoots with musicians including Vampire Weekend, Yo La Tengo, REM, St. Vincent, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Tom Jones, Sufjan Stevens, Okkervil River, Jens Lekman, and Sigur Ros—videos that Moon then distributed for free. He’s also made tour documentaries for Arcade Fire, REM, Beirut, Mogwai, and The National. Since 2011, he’s been traveling the world creating his Petites Planètes (small planets) series, obsessively documenting music where he finds it, from traditional vocal groups in war-torn former Soviet republics to Brazilian pop stars on the roofs of Sao Paolo—and he distributes it all for free. He’s not just reinventing the music video, he’s reinventing how we learn about the world. Join him at CIMMfest, where he’ll present some of his latest work and talk passionately about how music truly unites humanity.
Q&A with Vincent Moon
This is the second of two improvised presentations of films he's been working on for the past four years. Each one will be different; check back for details about what each one might contain. 


Saturday May 3, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

7:00pm

CIMMfest and OrmanMusic Present: Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang Send Off Party To The Blues Hall Of Fame
Limited Capacity seats available

Eddie Shaw is headed to Memphis to be inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame, and CIMMfest is throwing a party in his honor.Mississippi born, Eddie has been Blues Royalty, blowing his sax in Chicago since 1957 when Muddy Waters discovered him in Itta Bena, Mississippi. He's played with everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and Freddie King. He leads The Wolfgang at Rosa's then heads down to take his place with the other immortal bluesmen in Memphis.


Saturday May 3, 2014 7:00pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 11:30pm
Rosa's Blues Lounge

7:15pm

Looking for Johnny
Limited Capacity seats available

With the New York Dolls, his band the Heartbreakers, and solo, Johnny Thunders helped define punk rock with his raw, untamed guitar playing—and his raw, untamed lifestyle, until his mysterious death in a New Orleans hotel room at the age of 38. Packed with never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with the people who survived the New York punk scene, Looking for Johnny is not only the definitive movie about this rock ‘n’ roll junkie, but about the era that created him.
Q & A with Danny Garcia

Presented by MusicFilmWeb.com



Saturday May 3, 2014 7:15pm - 9:10pm
Logan Theatre

7:30pm

Imagine the Sound
Limited Capacity seats available

Ron Mann’s first feature documentary brings together interviews and performances with the prime innovators of the once controversial free jazz movement of the 1960s. In order to introduce this forbidding topic, Mann profiles four essential figures in the music’s development: pianists Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, saxophonist Archie Shepp, and trumpeter Bill Dixon. Jonathan Rosenbaum said it “may be the best documentary on free jazz that we have.”
Q&A with Ron Mann


Saturday May 3, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Society for Arts

8:00pm

Beware! The Pop Apocolypse: Prince Rama I the Buttress I Ghost Gang
Limited Capacity seats available

Our world may have begun with a “Bang,” but will end with a “Pop!” This special music & movies event stars Prince Rama, the controversial Brooklyn band known for their hallucinatory mix of new age and new wave. In addition to a ceremonial live performance, Prince Rama will screen their short film “Never Forever,” in which sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson team up with visionary director Lily X. Wahrman for a ‘revalation-ary’ mix of disco and ritual. The evening will also feature the avant garde rap stylings of The Buttress and a screening of their psychedelic horror film “Ghost Gang.”


Saturday May 3, 2014 8:00pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 12:00am
Hideout 1354 W Wabansia

8:00pm

Murder By Death, Bloodshot Records 20th Anniversary w/ Andre Williams & The Goldstars, Nora O’Connor & Danny Black’s Precious Blood
Limited Capacity seats available

Bloodshot Records 20th Anniversary Showcase features the brooding, anthem-riding balladry and orchestral indie rock of Bloomington, Indiana’s Murder by Death. In their 10+ year career they have created their own niche of orchestral indie rock with an array of styles including waltzes, jigs and gospel music. Pulling & expanding on various folklore and themes of lust, betrayal, and classical archetypes of good and evil. Their songs have been called the sonic equivalent of 'No Country For Old Men'. Andre Williams, R&B legend at age 77, has written some bad-ass soul shakers & entertained with his stories and charisma for the past 50 years.Opening the night is Nora O’Connor & Danny Black’s Precious Blood (of The Blacks).


Saturday May 3, 2014 8:00pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00am
Logan Square Auditorium 2539 N Kedzie

8:00pm

The Hood Internet I Superfriends I Screening of 'Pierce Islands' by Shapers
Limited Capacity seats available

The Hood Internet continues the dance party late into the evening with their signature genre-jumping blends. Chicago experimental outfit Shapers will premiere a full-length music video for their new double album Pierce Islands. Mikey, Johnny, and Travas, the three DJs that comprise Chicago's Superfriends, spin tunes apropos for hanging out after a movie, then expertly segue into feet moving and grooving.


Saturday May 3, 2014 8:00pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00am
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

8:00pm

PARNI VALJAK | UHVATI RITAM TOUR 2014
Limited Capacity seats available

After an epic March 8th performance at the Belgrade Kombank Arena, & sold-out shows throughout all of the former Yugoslavia, Parni Valjak is primed & ready for their long awaited USA/Canada tour. Don't miss this amazing legendary band perform all of their hits in what promises to be an unforgettable night!!


Saturday May 3, 2014 8:00pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00am
The Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee

8:00pm

CIMMfest & Metro present: Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN
Limited Capacity seats available

Metro & CIMMfest welcome cult legend Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin on May 3rd at the Metro to perform the live score of Dario Argento’s cult classic film “Suspiria.” The Italian Soundtrack Kings, known for their quintessential scores of Dawn of the Dead, Suspiria, and Profundo Rosso will be making a special CIMMfest appearance to bring their classic scores alive once more, three decades later. Sampled by everyone from Raekwon, RJD2, and Invader Zim, old fans and new will have the opportunity to be frightened and enthralled once more.


Saturday May 3, 2014 8:00pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 1:30am
Metro 150

8:45pm

The African Cypher
Limited Capacity seats available

“I dance as if I have a gun to my head.” Across South African cities and townships, young people use dance as a way of dealing with, transforming, and transcending the harshness of ghetto life. The African Cypher follows several street dance crews as they prepare for a nationwide dance competition, providing an overview of the different styles but focusing on one magnetic duo, the Movers & Shakers, who combine dazzling moves with social consciousness as they mentor the next generation to help break the cycle of crime and poverty.

PLAYING WITH:
Music Video by Frank Waln - AbOriginal
Eli Vazquez / USA / 5 min
Lakota rapper Frank Waln decries the continuing oppression of Native Americans but highlights the strength of Native culture through scenes of daily life on Rosebud Reservation.
 


Saturday May 3, 2014 8:45pm - 10:30pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

9:00pm

Joyful Noise Showcase: Victor Villearel I DMA I Busman's Holiday | Memory Map
Limited Capacity seats available

Hailing from Indianapolis, Joyful Noise Recordings presents a showcase of diverse genres that encompass the indie labels quest to “bridge the gap between pop and noise.”  Experimental guitarist, Victor Villarreal is most widely known for his participation in Joan of Arc, Owls, and Cap’n Jazz, and regarded as an authority in modern indie rock.  Accompanying this showcase is DMA aka David “ Moose” Adamson as a crust-funk musical based project that exudes and embraces the weird, the creep, and the unorthodox as well as Busman’s Holiday, the talented brotherly duo of Addison and Lewis Rogers. These two charming musicians successfully mix the soothing resonance of acoustics and classic rock.


Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00am
Burlington

9:00pm

These New Puritans I Matchess
Limited Capacity seats available

Extending the limits of rock & roll, musicians Jack Barnett, George Barnett, and Thomas Hein focus on avant-garde sonic structures. These New Puritans revitalize themselves after the departure of their keyboardist and long time member Sophie Sleigh-Johnson. The release of the band’s third album Fields of Reeds proves that change can often bring mysterious reinvention.


Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00am
Empty Bottle

9:30pm

20,000 Days on Earth
Limited Capacity seats available

An inventive ode to creativity, 20,000 Days on Earth fuses drama and reality by weaving the journey of a fictional day in Nick Cave’s life, giving us a window into his creative process through staged but not scripted scenes and encounters as well as more traditional footage of his rehearsals and performances. Winner of two awards at Sundance, the film is the debut feature film by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and features an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

PLAYING WITH:
Music Video - Teaching Rock (Kinoomaage-Asin)
Paola Marino / Canada / 5 min.
The heartbeat of Mother Earth is felt in the urban jungle in this visual tribute to the connection between the Anishinabe and the land.
 


Saturday May 3, 2014 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Logan Theatre

9:30pm

Sound Culture 5YR Anniversary w/ Boogat, Chief Boima & Geko Jones, Los Vicios de Papa.
Limited Capacity seats available

Sound Culture has been organizing, producing and presenting multi-cultural music performances in the city of Chicago by international, and local artists alike in an effort to promote and celebrate ethnic diversity and foster multi-cultural understanding through music for the last 5 years.Tonight we celerbrate that with, Rapper/writer/producer Boogat (Daniel Russo Garrido) is truly a global force: a Quebec City native of Mexican-Paraguayan descent, who came of age in a multicultural space and brought all these different reference points together to crystallize his identity. Although Boogat’s music is heavily influenced by Latin groove, the audio samples and looping beats all arrive courtesy of Montreal’s progressive electronica scene.


Saturday May 3, 2014 9:30pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00am
Subterranean 2011 W North Ave

9:45pm

Honeydripper
Limited Capacity seats available

SXSW cofounder Louis Black will introduce and discuss John Sayles’s criminally underseen allegory of the birth of rock ’n’ roll in the hotbed of the American South under Jim Crow. Sayles’s canny, lyrical film posits rock as an all-inclusive cultural force—there's room for everyone in this new music, for strutting youngsters with cobbled-together guitars, for old-timey ivory-ticklers and grizzled sax players, for big-tent revivalists, and for blues belters. Danny Glover, Keb’ Mo’, and Charles S. Dutton star.


Saturday May 3, 2014 9:45pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 12:05am
Society for Arts

10:45pm

Death Metal Angola
Limited Capacity seats available

The orphans of Angola’s four decades of war have seen the absolute worst that humanity is capable of. In one orphanage, they’re learning to deal with their emotional scars through an unusual therapy—death metal, which one musician calls “a scream in revolt against what happened in our past that helps us remove the debris and suffering of war." Against the stark backdrop of their ravaged city, the death-metal orphans struggle to realize an impossible dream—the first national rock concert in Angola’s history. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

PLAYING WITH:
World Premiere 
Music Video for Locrian - Return to Annihilation
Francesca Marongiu / Italy / 7 min.
This brand-new video from Chicago’s own Locrian “is about the concept of annihilation as interpreted by the contemporary post-industrial culture.”


Saturday May 3, 2014 10:45pm - Sunday May 4, 2014 12:00am
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee
 
Sunday, May 4
 

11:30am

Sweet Sisters of Zion
Limited Capacity seats available

Gospel music royalty, Chicago’s Barrett Sisters rose from 1920s poverty to world-renowned stardom, bringing their strong voices and sweet harmonies to nearly every continent on the planet. Sweet Sisters of Zion visits them, now in their 80s, as they reminisce on their amazing careers.
Q&A with Director Regina Rene Davis.

Followed by a short performance by Billie Barrett GreenBey, Rodessa Barrett Porter, and Tina Brown.



Sunday May 4, 2014 11:30am - 1:30pm
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

12:30pm

A Woman’s Place is on a Set: The Future of Female Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel led by Eva Saha (190 North) looks at how women take control of their creative futures by making successful indie film projects across all platforms. Featuring Wendy Jo Carlton (Writer/Director/Producer, Easy Abby), Lisa Cordileone (Actor/Producer, Easy Abby), Corrina Crade (CRADEmade Entertainment), Katia Gomez (Cherry Hill Films), and Fawzia Mirza (Kam Kardashian).  

This panel is sponsored by the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup NFP (CAFM).  Founded in 2007, with the goal of helping its members become smarter Chicago actors, CAFM has become the premier co-mentoring and educational group for working film actors in Chicago. www.chicagoactinginfilm.org.


Moderators
ES

Eva Saha

Eva is best known for her work as a television personality on the Emmy award-winning entertainment show, 190 North on Chicago's ABC7. But her natural, warm and commanding presence has also made her the choice of numerous commercial, industrial, film, voice-over and live-event clients. | | A formerly practicing accountant and corporate and securities attorney, Eva brings focus, dedication and intelligence to what she refers to as the best job... Read More →

Speakers
WJ

Wendy Jo Carlton

Carlton directed her first feature film, Hannah Free, starring Emmy-winning actress Sharon | Gless, in 2009. The film won several Audience Awards and is globally distributed. Carlton was an artist-in-residence at 911 Media Arts in Seattle and a recipient of the Navona Fellowship from the University of Illinois Chicago, where she earned a graduate degree in film/new media. Her award-winning short films have screened internationally, including... Read More →
LC

Lisa Cordileone

Lisa Cordileone is currently a Chicago based actor and is focused on creating quality content as an actor and producer. Originally from upstate-New York, she earned a BFA in Theater from East Carolina University before moving and training at THE SECOND CITY Improv Conservatories. | | Lisa has worked with distinguished Chicago Theater companies such as Stage Left Theatre, Profiles Theatre, and Side Project Theatre. Her work has received... Read More →
CC

Corrina Crade

Corrina Crade went to school for creative writing and education in Wisconsin and started teaching high school right out of college. In early 2011, she packed her bags and cat, and left everything behind to pursue a life in the entertainment industry in Chicago. Since then she has been working as both a filmmaker and actress. Now, she is producing her first feature film that she also wrote, she's writing a book about producing indie films on a low... Read More →
KG

Katia Gomez

Katia is a film/television actress, producer and business professional that was born and raised in South Florida and lives in Chicago. Katia received her master’s degree from Florida International University in Accounting and is the founder/owner of Cherry Hill Films and co-founder/co-owner of White Mariposas, LLC. | | Katia is currently pursuing the production of films that can bridge multicultural gaps and bring to life honest and... Read More →
FM

Fawzia Mirza

Fawzia Mirza is an actor, writer, producer and works in theatre, film, television and on the world wide web. She studied improv at I.O in Chicago. Fawzia has co-written and produced : Kam Kardashian, Brown Girl Problems, Easy Abby, The Throwaways, Kiss Her I’m Famous, Borderline and a short entitled The Queen of My Dreams. | | Fawzia has been featured in local Chicago-made indie films: Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, Scrooge & Marley... Read More →


Sunday May 4, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Collaboraction Theater 1579 N Milwaukee, Suite 300

12:30pm

Basement Records: How to Design and Build a Recording Studio in Your Home
Limited Capacity seats available

Egg cartons & rugs on the walls, speakers from you dad’s 1959 Chevy and mics from ‘Paper Cups R’Us’ not cutting it? Your family & neighbors hate you while your recordings sound like cardboard? You found out the hard way or perhaps you’re about to? Don’t let this happen to you. Fix it or get it right the first time.  

Music industry experts are stepping in and EARS, an organization dedicated to the advancement of excellence in audio production, consisting of recording studio professionals have put together a panel to discuss the ins and outs of how to do design, build and do you, your clients and your studio right.

Get the information you need to know on designing, soundproofing, building, equipping and anything we can squeeze into two hours those that love it, live it and breath it.

Join us for a great presentation, panel and discussion on designing and building your recording studio dream… do it right!


Speakers
JC

John Christy

John Christy has been involved in many areas of music and music related business for more than 50 years including: live performance, recording studio design, audio engineering, music producing, audio circuit and product design, loudspeaker design and control room acoustic design. In 1981 he founded Tensegrity, Inc. providing software products and tools for the scientific, engineering, and telecommunication communities including Hughes Aircraft... Read More →
avatar for Reid Hyams

Reid Hyams

Officer / Board of Directors, EARS
He is a co- founder and current officer of EARS (Engineering and Recording Society of Chicago), and director and owner of X-Art Entertainment. Mr. Hyams was the founder and owner of the award winning multi-room music recording facility, Chicago Trax Recording for two and a half decades.
KK

Kevin ‘Karp’ Rodgers

Kevin Rodgers aka “Karp” was born and raised in Chicago where his career of 24 years as an acoustic sound and architectural design specialist initially began as a carpenter designing sets for movies, music videos and theaters, building exhibits for trade shows and hand crafting heirloom quality custom furniture. After attending architectural design school and working many years in multiple construction trades, thus gaining a well-rounded... Read More →


Sunday May 4, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Logan Thtr. Lounge

12:30pm

The World of Goopi and Bagha
Limited Capacity seats available

In a reboot of a story first filmed by Satyajit Ray in 1969, two bumbling musicians banished from their hometowns for annoying the neighbors gain the magical ability to enchant people with their music. This leads to a cushy gig as court musicians, but when the kingdom is threatened, they vow to save the day in exchange for wedded bliss with two beautiful princesses. The appealing marionette-like 2D animation is a far cry from either Disney or anime, and the charming story and amusing songs will captivate audiences of all ages. In Hindi with English subtitles.
Q & A tentatively planned with Shilpa Ranade

PLAYING WITH:
Music Video by Josh Turner - Alligator Stroll
Sandra Boynton / USA / 6 min
Laid-back country star Josh Turner performs a typically whimsical song by beloved children's book author Sandra Boynton.


Sunday May 4, 2014 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Logan Theatre

1:00pm

Music Makes the Film: Licensing Songs for Film and TV
Limited Capacity seats available

With very few exceptions, the soundtrack for a film is one of the most important aspects of the project. It can be used to set the mood, raise the energy of a scene or root a film firmly in a particular time period. The same can be said for television scenes and music’s use in advertisements. However, working with music can also expose those involved to potential copyright infringement lawsuits, difficulty in navigating distribution, or, on the positive side, work wonders for music and visual artists’ careers. Our seasoned panel of music industry experts will dissect the process of finding and properly licensing the right music for a film, TV, and advertising, whether it's underscore, custom music, or existing songs.

Moderators
SM

Shawn Murphy

Shawn Murphy worked for 12 years for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Composers (ASCAP) in their London, New York and Chicago offices. His final post with the Society found him as Director of Midwest Membership where he was responsible for all regional programming and membership outreach efforts. Concurrently, Shawn was a board member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) best known for producing the award... Read More →

Speakers
HF

Hillel Frankel

President, Entertainment Law Office PC
Good and getting better.....
RG

Rob Gillis

Record Guy, ROB THE RECORD GUY
Rob Gillis is a decades-long member of the Chicago music industry. He has held management positions in nearly every aspect of the business providing him a rare perspective. Currently he runs Rob The Record Guy Management & Publicity following a long tenure with Waterdog Music and is a past president of EARS, the Engineering And Recording Society Of Chicago. With his work for Waterdog he oversaw the publishing and film placement for the works of... Read More →
JL

Jessie LaBelle

Jessie received her degree in sound engineering from Columbia College Chicago, and began her career as a post-production audio engineer, mixing commercials for major agencies. Having spent her college years promoting and managing local bands (and playing keyboards in a couple) she saw the potential in music licensing for artists. She developed a music division within the post studio to provide the advertising community with full service music... Read More →



Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Silver Room 1442 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL

1:00pm

Shorts Program: Musical Locations
Limited Capacity seats available

A selection of films about specific locations, even when that location is unclear.

World Premiere
Will Play for Beer
Short Documentary / Carrine Fisher / USA / 42 min.
Will Play for Beer documents the thriving independent music scene in Seattle, focusing on the cooperation between artists and their efforts to succeed in an ever-changing music industry.

Chicago Premiere
A Stroll Through the Park: An Asbury Symphony
Short Documentary / Sage Seb / USA / 19 min.
Cameras follow street artist Shepard Fairey through Asbury Park, NJ as he creates art for the All Tomorrow's Party music festival.

Steve Grand - "Back to California"
Music Video / Jason Knade / USA / 6 min.
The latest video from Steve Grand, Chicago’s gay country music sensation, explores the disillusionment of young adulthood and the intensity of adolescent friendship.

Lebanon Hanover - "Hall of Ice"
Diego Barrera / Chile, Colombia / 7 min.
Inexplicable rituals and ice-cold production highlight this video for British-German duo Lebanon Hanover.  

Chicago premiere
Derby & Groma
Short Documentary / Kara Blake / Canada, Argentina / 17 min.
Kara Blake pieces together the story of a vaudeville couple in Jazz Age Buenos Aires using photographs found in the street, archival footage, performance, interviews, and animation.



Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Society for Arts

1:00pm

Robert Gordon on the Mississippi Blues Trail
Limited Capacity seats available

Grammy-winning writer Robert Gordon is the author of six books and producer/director of seven feature documentaries. He has focused on the American south—its music, art, and politics—to create an insider’s portrait of his home. He’s presenting selections from the Mississippi Blues Trail Video Series, which he co-directed. From Charley Patton to Bobby Rush, with stops at Muddy Waters, Elvis, and gospel, these fun and informative shorts are guaranteed to teach you something you didn’t know about the blues.
Q&A with Robert Gordon

PLAYING WITH:

Chicago Premiere
Lomax
Short Fiction / Jesse Kreitzer / USA / 12 min.
Folklorist Alan Lomax travels the Mississippi Delta equipped with 500 pounds of recording equipment powered by his car battery, on a quest to document the most beautiful and harrowing songs ever sung. 



Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

2:00pm

Rockin Music, Rollin Film: Creative Collaborations of Musicians and Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

The intersection of film and music is often a creative one.  This panel presents filmmakers and musicians who collaborate on film songs and scores, with tips and insights about their processes.

This panel is sponsored by the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup NFP (CAFM).  Founded in 2007, with the goal of helping its members become smarter Chicago actors, CAFM has become the premier co-mentoring and educational group for working film actors in Chicago. www.chicagoactinginfilm.org.

Speakers
WJ

Wendy Jo Carlton

Carlton directed her first feature film, Hannah Free, starring Emmy-winning actress Sharon | Gless, in 2009. The film won several Audience Awards and is globally distributed. Carlton was an artist-in-residence at 911 Media Arts in Seattle and a recipient of the Navona Fellowship from the University of Illinois Chicago, where she earned a graduate degree in film/new media. Her award-winning short films have screened internationally, including... Read More →
LC

Lisa Cordileone

Lisa Cordileone is currently a Chicago based actor and is focused on creating quality content as an actor and producer. Originally from upstate-New York, she earned a BFA in Theater from East Carolina University before moving and training at THE SECOND CITY Improv Conservatories. | | Lisa has worked with distinguished Chicago Theater companies such as Stage Left Theatre, Profiles Theatre, and Side Project Theatre. Her work has received... Read More →
AE

Andrew Edwards

Andrew Edwards is a Chicago-based film and theatre composer. He is the owner of the Blue Police Box Music studio on Chicago’s north side, and an adjunct professor of film music in Columbia College Chicago’s MFA Music Composition for the Screen program. | | As a film composer, Drew has scored a number of short and feature length films and documentaries, including: A Message from the East (2009), Fate Accompli (2012), Bailout (2012), and... Read More →
JM

John McNaughton

John McNaughton is a Chicago-based filmmaker whose credits include Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Wild Things. He is a board member of the Director’s Guild of America and a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.


Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Collaboraction Theater 1579 N Milwaukee, Suite 300

2:00pm

She's In the Band: Presented by Boxx Magazine
Limited Capacity seats available

Hearing talented women in music is nothing new, although today many more are finally gaining the critical respect they deserve. This discussion will look at the history of female artists and uncover the ways the industry may have changed to welcome a broader spectrum of musicians. We will look to expose the ways women are gaining traction in the music industry and which obstacles do they still need to overcome as well as provide tips for others looking to make their break.

Moderators
SF

Selena Fragassi

Selena Fragassi is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief for Boxx Magazine, a publication devoted to covering women in music. She's also an active A&E contributor to Chicago Sun-Times, Blurt and Under the Radar magazines and was previously the pop/rock critic for Chicago Magazine and the music editor of Venus Zine. Recently, Selena was also anthologized in "That Devil's Music: Best Rock Writing 2014."

Speakers
KB

Kathryn Battle

Personal Project Manager, Peak6
Kate is a Chicago-based attorney, marketing consultant and writer with a passion for independent music, art and culture. When she's not assisting bands with legal needs or helping small firms and businesses with new media, she writes about all things that inspire her on her arts and life blog, Incinerating Diamonds. You can also learn more about Kate at www.ktbattle.com.
NW

Nan Warshaw

Bloodshot Records


Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Emporium 1366 N Milwaukee

2:00pm

Inside the Mind of a Curator
Limited Capacity seats available

All film festivals start with their own unique vision, sometimes conceived through thoughtful considerations and debate...sometimes over drinks at a bar. Either way, it is the curators who bring that vision to life. Along the way they deal with many realities: what films will be ready to screen; will they be available; will people want to see them? Let's go Inside the Mind of the Curator as this panel focuses on those issues, and celebrates the moment when a film festival's program comes to life..

Speakers
LB

Louis Black

Louis Black received an MFA from the University of Texas in Austin with a concentration in Film in 1980. The next year he was a cofounder of The Austin Chronicle, which he edits. In 1987, he helped launch South by Southwest Music, Interactive and Film Festivals and Conferences where he is a Director. A founding board member of the Austin Film Society, he was also the board’s first President. He helped initiate the Austin Film Society... Read More →
ID

Ilko Davidov

Ilko Davidov, a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, founded BulletProof Film, a production and post-production company in 1995, where he has produced, edited, and directed numerous award-winning documentaries. | | In 2008, Davidov co-founded the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest), an annual film and music festival highlighting the crossover of film and song by producing an annual 4-day, multi-venue festival in... Read More →
AM

Adam Montgomery

Adam Montgomery has been the Senior Manager of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival since 2005, where he oversees the selection process for the more than 12,000 submissions that the Festival receives annually. Additionally, he lends his passion for cult and genre filmmaking to the programming of the Festival’s Park City at Midnight section.
MP

Mimi Plauche

Mimi Plauché is Programming Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. She has been at the Festival for eight years and oversees the programming of the annual Festival as well as the organization’s year-round film series. Before joining the Chicago International Film Festival, she was working on a doctorate in Japanese literature and film at the Department of Asian... Read More →


Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
CIMMfest HQ 1439 N Milwaukee

2:20pm

Talent Buying: How to Book Great Live Shows
Limited Capacity seats available

In the world of music, performing live is an increasingly important aspect. Great live shows, proper timing, and a great production on both the producer and present side are crucial. CIMMfest is pleased to welcome some of the mainstays in the Chicago live music community, as well as festival and concert producers around the Midwest to help sort through the process of finding, buying, and booking live performances. A unique peek into the highly competitive and ever important world of live performances will be discussed, as well as how our incredibly talented panelists came to be in the positions they are.

Moderators
Speakers
SF

Seth Fein

Seth Fein is the founder and producer of The Pygmalion Festival, an annual event that has taken place in Champaign-Urbana for the past ten years. In addition, his company, The Nicodemus Agency, books tours for indie rock acts like Damien Jurado, Maserati, Richard Buckner and more. He is the publisher of a culture magazine called Smile Politely, as well. He lives in Champaign with his wife, Justine, and their son, Ellis.
BK

Bruce Krippner

Bruce Krippner has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over 20 years and has worn multiple hats, including musician, band manager, artist agent, and for the last 15 years, talent buyer for Martyrs'.
ML

Mike LeMaistre

Mike LeMaistre has been a talent buyer at Jam Productions for the last 17 years.  He works as part of a team that book all of Jam’s club shows in Chicago in venues ranging from 200 to 2500 capacity, with an emphasis on artist development.  For the last several years, Mike has also been an adjunct at Columbia College where he teaches the  class “Presenting and Booking Live Performances”.   He is married... Read More →



Sunday May 4, 2014 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Silver Room 1442 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL

2:30pm

9 Muses of Star Empire
Limited Capacity seats available

This no-holds-barred look into the multibillion-dollar K-pop industry tracks the manufacture of a girl group by Star Empire, the fifth largest company in South Korea. It documents the inhuman conditions that aspiring stars endure for the chance of becoming the next big thing. Grueling rehearsals, verbal and emotional abuse from ruthless managers, and the knowledge that they’re replaceable combine to push the band members to the brink of exhaustion, forcing them to decide each day whether the ever-increasing price of fame is worth paying.

PLAYING WITH:

Music Video by Ema Shah - Masheenee Alcketiara (مشيني عالختيارة )
Ema Shah / Kuwait, USA / 4 min
A young Kuwaiti woman ditches her veil and imagines a life where she can sing, dance, drive a car, and fly a plane, until the cops show up.



Sunday May 4, 2014 2:30pm - 4:15pm
Logan Theatre

3:00pm

Booker T interviewed by Robert Gordon
Limited Capacity seats available

Booker T. Jones laid the foundation for soul music. Classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ’Em High,” “Time Is Tight” and “Melting Pot” pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Not to mention backing Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave and everyone else.

Robert Gordon description: Grammy-winning writer Robert Gordon is the author of six books, producer/director of seven feature documentaries and a regular on NPR. He has focused on the American South—its music, art, and politics—to create an insider’s portrait of his home.

Seriously, this is just too cool!

Moderators
RG

Robert Gordon

Grammy Award winning writer and filmmaker Robert Gordon has focused on the American south—it’s music, art, and politics—to create an insider’s portrait of his home that is both nuanced and ribald. His first book, It Came From Memphis, careens through the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, riding shotgun with the weirdoes, winos, and midget wrestlers. In 2003, he wrote the definitive biography of blues great Muddy Waters... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday May 4, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Logan Thtr. Lounge

3:00pm

The Man Behind the Throne
Limited Capacity seats available

Millions of people have imitated his moves, but few know his name: Vincent Paterson, the choreographer to the stars. Paterson is responsible for some of the modern era’s most famous dances, including Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition” tour, and the large-scale dances in Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark. From the heights of stardom to the depths of despair, director Kersti Grunditz brings us along as Paterson tackles his biggest challenge yet, a massive Elvis-themed Cirque du Soleil show that will define—or end—his career.

PLAYING WITH:

Short Documentary - Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film
Steven Kochones / USA / 37 min. 
Through conversations with photographers and musicians,Who Shot Rock & Roll explores the stories behind the most enduring photos in rock history.



Sunday May 4, 2014 3:00pm - 4:35pm
Society for Arts

3:00pm

Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song
Limited Capacity seats available

Shakespeare’s most popular play has seemingly been played every which way, but never like this—a Kiwi rock opera that sets the Bard’s timeless words to modern pop, rock, and hip hop and transfers the feuding Montagues and Capulets from Renaissance Verona to a seaside trailer park. Baz Luhrmann meets Carmen: A Hip Hopera in Tim Van Dammen’s radical reimagining of the fearful passage of Romeo and Juliet’s death-mark’d love. It’s Shakespeare as you’ve never heard him before.

PLAYING WITH:

Short Fiction - Woody
Stuart Bowen / Australia / 10 min
Woody has always wanted to play the piano, but he has wooden paddles for hands. This, however, is no barrier to his daydreams of stardom.



Sunday May 4, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

3:30pm

How to Keep the Conversation Going After the Credits Roll
Limited Capacity seats available

Music is the single most valuable asset that you can use to form a meaningful connection with your consumers. Music has the unique power to transcend languages and connect people across borders, across cultures and across generations making it a precious asset to businesses and content creators. This presentation will examine a visual history of the music industry and how today, more than ever, understanding the value of music and how to use it effectively to excite and engage beyond the paid spot will help you drive your business and carry on your conversation with your consumers far beyond your product or service.

Speakers
ES

Eric Sheinkop

Eric Sheinkop is Co-Founder and CEO of Music Dealers (musicdealers.com), a global music tech company that has disrupted the traditional music industry model to create a new route for artists to break their music. Boasting the world's largest licensing database of indie musicians, Music Dealers helps leading global brands find credible ways to integrate music into their marketing. Sheinkop has brokered 'industry first' partnerships with brands and... Read More →



Sunday May 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Silver Room 1442 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL

4:15pm

Take Me to the River
Limited Capacity seats available

Take Me to the River brings multiple generations of Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together—from Mavis Staples to the North Mississippi All-Stars, from Bobby Blue Bland to Oscar winner Frayser Boy of the Three 6 Mafia—to record a historic new album, but also to share their stories and celebrate their mutual love of Memphis and music. Variety called it a “joyful tribute to the Memphis soul music scene,” and SXSW audiences called it the best music film at the festival this year.
Q&A with Martin Shore, Booker T. Jones, Frayser Boy, William Bell, and Boo Mitchell

PLAYING WITH:
TBD Robert Gordon short documentary 


Sunday May 4, 2014 4:15pm - 6:30pm
Logan Theatre

5:00pm

Filmlympics
Limited Capacity seats available

We are proud to introduce a new event called Filmlympics a student film festival to showcase students’ work and cultivate the Chicago student filmmaking community. Undergraduate students and recent graduates are invited to submit a short film. Select films will be chosen for an exclusive screening before a CIMMfest audience and will have the opportunity to win an Audience Choice Award or a Grand Prize Jury Award.


Sunday May 4, 2014 5:00pm - 6:40pm
Gorilla Tango 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.

5:00pm

The Sax Man
Limited Capacity seats available

To most of Cleveland, Maurice Reedus Jr. is “the Sax Man,” an iconic busker in flashy clothes who serenades passersby, rain or shine. They don’t know that he’s the son of a Grammy-winning musician, or that he narrowly missed stardom as part of an arena-headlining Motown band in the 1970s. But it all fell apart, and now Maurice is a sixty-year-old man wondering what went wrong. A surprising invitation to relive the glory days gives him one last chance to tell his hometown who he really is.
Q&A with Joe Siebert and producers

PLAYING WITH:

Chicago Premiere of 
Salarymen
Short Documentary / H. Paul Moon / USA / 5 min.
The Salarymen do spontaneous performances of sound art, mixing small objects with the noises of Washington, DC to make a different kind of urban music.

Voxbox Beatbox - "Vivi"
Music Video / Demetra Koris / USA / 3 min.
Chicago throat singing, beatboxing wunderkind Voxbox Beatbox makes everyone want to dance.



Sunday May 4, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Society for Arts

5:15pm

Que Caramba es la Vida
Limited Capacity seats available

In the macho world of mariachi, female musicians are rare, and the brave women who try to make a living at it must also fulfill their traditional roles of wife and mother. Against the backdrop of Mexico City’s Day of the Dead celebration, Que Caramba es la Vida accompanies several women—including members of the first all-female mariachi band—to their performances and throughout their daily lives. Their personal stories provide a unique background that gives depth to their passionate songs about death, love, and poverty.

PLAYING WITH:

Asylum Street Spankers - "Monkey Rag"
Music Video / USA / Johanna Davidovitch / 4 min.
Mitzi pursues a disaster of her own making in this richly colored world where reason is overrated and the only limit to the fun is the animator’s imagination.
 


Sunday May 4, 2014 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee

6:00pm

CIMMfest, Fulcrum Point New Music Project & International Beethoven Project Present: 'Light Is Calling'
Limited Capacity seats available

CIMMfest, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and The International Beethoven Festival come together to present "Light is Calling,” a collection of experimental films and new music. Fulcrum Point New Music Project is a Chicago leader in presenting, commissioning, and recording new and diverse music and multi-media performances. The International Beethoven Project, founded by international pianist George Lepauw, is dedicated to the promotion of revolutionary culture, inspired by the music and life of Ludwig van Beethoven.


Sunday May 4, 2014 6:00pm - 10:00pm
1st Ward 2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

6:00pm

CIMMfest & City Winery Present: Booker T
Limited Capacity seats available

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones laid the foundation for soul music. Classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ’Em High,” “Time Is Tight” and “Melting Pot” pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Booker T. Jones set the cast for modern soul music. Classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ’Em High,” “Time Is Tight” and “Melting Pot” pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Booker T Jones will attend the Q &A at a Sunday screening of the Chicago premiere of feature documentary Take Me to the River, at Logan Theatre, an intergenerational tale of the Memphis music scene, that follows the recording of a new album that brings together legends and rising stars.


Sunday May 4, 2014 6:00pm - Monday May 5, 2014 12:00am
City Winery 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

7:00pm

Palestine Stereo
Limited Capacity seats available

Rashid Masharawi (Laila’s Birthday) balances tragicomic absurdity with heartfelt affection for the land of his birth in this tale of two brothers who supply sound systems to events in the West Bank. They’re saving their money to emigrate to Canada and escape the intolerable conditions under occupation, including an Israeli rocket attack that took Samy’s hearing and killed Stereo’s wife. But as they near their goal, they’re increasingly torn apart by the thought of abandoning their homeland. In Arabic with English subtitles.

PLAYING WITH:

Music Video by Jon Langford - "Drone Operator" Hassan Amejal / USA / 6 min
Drone Operator celebrates our new low-risk stay-at home warrior class who rain down armageddon across the planet while never leaving the comfort of their office.

North American Premiere Short DocumentaryHidden Wounds Tomas Kaan / Netherlands, UK, Belgium, USA / 7 min
Pioneering Belgian rockers dEUS explore the horrors of post-traumatic stress disorder through the personal stories of twenty veterans of wars around the world.

 


Sunday May 4, 2014 7:00pm - 8:55pm
Logan Theatre

7:15pm

Brasslands (Second Screening Added)
Limited Capacity seats available

As half a million trumpet fans descend on the tiny village of Guča, Serbia, for the world’s largest trumpet competition, historical and ethnic tensions still smolder beneath the surface of the small Balkan country. Brasslands follows three musical groups who seek the crown. The reigning champions represent generations of acclaimed Serbian musicians; a Romani group struggles against racism for the right to make a living from their music; and an unlikely American band must win over an audience that still resents America's role in the NATO bombings of two decades ago.

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Sunday May 4, 2014 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Logan Theatre

7:15pm

The Case of the Three Sided Dream
Limited Capacity seats available

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was more than a blind musician who could play three horns at once, more than the most exciting sax player who ever lived. He was also a warrior against racial injustice and a tireless campaigner for wider appreciation of jazz in American society. Packed with electrifying archival footage of Kirk and his music, Adam Kahan’s film is an absorbing look at the man who wouldn’t even let partial paralysis keep him from pursuing what he called “the religion of dreams.”

PLAYING WITH:

Chicago Premiere of Short Fiction Heaven’s Vanguard
Emil Goodman / Hungary / 11 min.
Eight years after a tragedy drove him into retirement, the last great jazz star on a manmade planet plays a farewell performance that forces him to relive it.



Sunday May 4, 2014 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Society for Arts

8:00pm

EMA I Trust I Mozart's Sister I Downtown Boys
Limited Capacity seats available

Erika M. Anderson, aka EMA arose from the LA noise scene and is quickly making a name for herself. 'The Future's Void' , her second album dropped last April. Pitchfork has said: a musician with a fearless and courageous approach to her art. Her desire to let such raw emotion out in song never feels forced. What started off a girl/boy duo project, back in 2009, Trust quickly became the brainchild of one man, Robert Alfons, a Canadian mixing synth-goth/dark-wave doom with dreamy melodic lushness. Former Stars and Shapes singer/instrumentalist Caila Thompson-Hannant alternately coos and belts soulfully over catchy synth-pop tunes as Mozart's Sister. Downtown Boys, bilingual political sax dance punk party from Providence, need i say more?

Sponsors


Sunday May 4, 2014 8:00pm - Monday May 5, 2014 1:00am
Empty Bottle

8:00pm

Ingenuity of Hip Hop: Psalm One| Serengeti | A Cross | Ancient Jewlz
Limited Capacity seats available

Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One is second to none. Her ability on the mic and effortless swagger brings life to forward thinking songs and instills vibrancy in live shows. Serengeti follows the theme of stirring hip hop in this exhibition, delivering his outlook on alternative rhythmic music and spoken lyrics. This show is something to experience and not just be present, with appearances with up and coming Chicago talents Alexander Ross (known as A-Cross) and young MC’s Ancient Jewlz.

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Sunday May 4, 2014 8:00pm - Monday May 5, 2014 12:00pm
Subterranean 2011 W North Ave